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Auckland, New Zealand: Vesper Marine adds Smart Watches with deckWatch

Friday, 21 July 2017

World’s First Application that Relays AIS Alerts and Vessel Data Right to Your Wrist for Immediate Access to Vital Information

– Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today the release of a new innovation in AIS portability – the deckWatch smartwatch app. Bringing the power of Vesper Marine’s smartAIS functionality beyond smartphones and tablets to individual smartwatches, users can now get critical safety information instantly and anywhere on a boat.

“When reaction time is measured in seconds, you need immediate information to make a proper response,” said Jeff Robbins, CEO, Vesper Marine. “Vesper Marine’s deckWatch is built specifically for Android Wear 2 devices that run standalone apps without needing to be paired to an iOS or Android smartphone. With deckWatch there is no need to go to the nav station or, in rough sea conditions, carry a smartphone or tablet. When you hear an audible alarm from a WatchMate Vision or XB-8000 smartAIS you can glance at your watch to instantly see the alert and react right away. It is a constant companion wherever you are onboard with instant access to critical information concerning the safety of your vessel and crew.”

The new app sends safety data and alerts to a smartwatch directly from Vesper Marine smartAIS devices without the need of a phone or tablet to relay the information. If a collision alarm is triggered, users can see the bearing and distance of a vessel that is a collision risk, allowing them to immediately change course or contact the other vessel. With anchor watch, users simply tap their smartwatch to mark the precise location when the anchor is dropped, as well as monitor if the anchor is dragging. In man overboard situations, Vesper Marine smartAIS offers users a unique and potentially lifesaving feature. The powerful and versatile system works seamlessly with any brand of man overboard device and, when a MOB situation is encountered, it triggers a dedicated audible alarm. The user is simultaneously alerted on their smartwatch with continuously updated bearing and range to the person in the water. In addition, NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 information such as depth, speed, wind speed and more are available for at-a-glance accessibility.

The deckWatch app is currently available for all watches with the Android Wear 2 OS.

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About Vesper Marine
Based in Auckland, New Zealand, privately held Vesper Marine is a global provider of marine safety products for recreational and commercial vessels, aids to navigation and marine asset protection solutions. Vesper Marine's award-winning AIS collision avoidance transponders, receivers and display systems are designed for performance, reliability and ease of use and are backed by outstanding technical support. Committed to rigorous R&D and innovation, the company designs and manufacturers affordable practical electronic solutions that enhance boating safety.

About smartAIS from Vesper Marine

smartAIS from Vesper Marine has transformed safety for boaters. Unlike an ordinary AIS which only sends and receives data, smartAIS is an active AIS system with smart alarm logic that proactively alerts you when you have potential collision situations. It plots your anchor position and alerts you if your anchor drags. It continuously watches for a man overboard and triggers an alarm for quick action. It also has many more exclusive features:

It has built-in WiFi access for mobile devices - monitor and control your transponder at all times from your smart phone or tablet and now your smart watch anywhere on board. It has a NMEA 2000 Gateway that enables nav data, AIS and GPS information to be available for use on your mobile devices, computers and 0183 MFDs and plotters. It has an extendable AIS platform with automatic firmware updates of the latest features from your smart phone or tablet.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 21 July 2017 )