The AISWatchMate from Vesper Marine is an AIS display designed to help avoid collisions at sea. Using the Universal Shipborne Automatic Identification System (AIS) the AISWatchMate displays data from all AIS equipped vessels in your vicinity. Audible warning alarms are sounded if a potentially dangerous situation exists.
The alarm sounds whenever a ship is detected that will come dangerously close even though the ship may still be many miles away. You are alerted immediately with the closest point of approach (CPA) and the time until CPA. Unique and customisable alarm and filter settings help to eliminate false alarms. Ships and alarms are displayed in a prioritised order assisting you to safely navigate in crowded shipping areas.
The AISWatchMate is designed to be used with both receivers and transponders. For low cost and very little power consumption, use the AISWatchMate with a receiver. For the ultimate AIS collision avoidance system, connect the AISWatchMate to a transponder.
When night falls or the weather is bad it is often difficult to see other vessel´s lights or determine their direction. The AISWatchMate shows immediately which way the vessel is moving and will even plot the crossing situation.You´ll have each vessel´s name and call sign. If you wish to call another vessel you will be able to ensure you are talking to the correct vessel. This is very important when operating in busy areas or in bad weather when visibility is reduced.
Energy concious users know how important low power operation can be particularly on a long voyage when charging from solar or wind. The AISWatchMate consumes far less than a radar, chart plotter or computer. The AISWatchMate is a fully stand-alone AIS collision warning solution unit that doesn´t require chart plotter, computer or radar, but it is easy to interface to these devices but none are necessary for its operation