The NMEA Gateway is a future proof technology from Vesper Marine that transforms the applications of your transponder

This intelligent gateway allows different generations and brands of marine electronics on NMEA 0183 or NMEA 2000 networks to talk to each other and transfer data seamlessly, all without extra multiplexing electronics, exhaustive installations or configuring.

The NMEA Gateway translates all NMEA 2000 sensor data for compatibility with mobile apps. Monitor navigation data on your WatchMate App on your smartphone or tablet or use it with third party apps of your choice! Imagine adjusting your auto pilot from your smartphone for one. With the launch of the deckWatch App, view navigation data on your smart watch too

It also makes this data available to computers via USB and to NMEA 0183 plotters and MFDs.This NMEA Gateway supports a wide range of wind, depth, speed, heading, temperature, barometric pressure and autopilot PGNs.

The WatchMate Vision, XB-8000 and XB-6000 have this exclusive feature. Here are some use cases

Use Case #1: Sailing and navigation apps cannot talk directly to an NMEA 2000 network as the apps use the 0183 protocol. We need to translate data in another way.

NMEA Gateway: Vesper Marine AIS transponders receive NMEA 2000 PGNs and automatically convert these to 0183 sentences for smart phones or tablets via WiFi and computers over USB.

Use Case #2: A vessel has an older chart plotter (0183 only) with new NMEA 2000 instruments.

NMEA Gateway: Vesper Marine AIS transponders receive the new instrument data from the vessel’s NMEA 2000 network and automatically convert the data to 0183 sentences for the older chart plotter that is connected to the transponder’s power/data cable.

Use Case #3: How to control devices on the NMEA 2000 network from a mobile device

NMEA Gateway: Use third party navigation software on a mobile device to plot a route and transfer the waypoints via WiFi to your smartAIS transponder. Since the mobile device uses NMEA 0183 protocol, the transponder translates 0183 sentences to NMEA 2000 PGNs, communicating with the auto pilot to steer the selected course via the NMEA Bus.