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Winner of the NMMA Innovation Award, the WatchMate Vision AIS Transponder offers the best in collision avoidance systems while also providing new ways to view AIS on mobile devices. WatchMate Vision is a clever, dedicated safety instrument for any leisure or work boat skipper wanting to make accurate safety decisions using integrated AIS, GPS and NMEA 2000 information.
The Vision Class B AIS transponder brings a new dimension to AIS information by the intuitive way it eliminates unwanted alarms and removes clutter from the display. It shows and prioritizes only the targets that have a current collision risk while allowing the user to customize the powerful features to their current situation (Offshore, Coastal, Harbor or Anchored).
The easiest way to integrate AIS with mobile devices. Vision’s safety data can also be used wirelessly with mobile devices running a variety of apps. But unlike other marine products with WiFi, the WatchMate Vision can securely connect up to 5 other devices simultaneously. You can have a wireless connection to your laptop, smartphone and tablet - all simultaneously! And for even larger networks, you can wirelessly connect the WatchMate Vision to an external WiFi router for unlimited expansion capability.
More than a simple mobile AIS viewer, Vision offers groundbreaking control with a free iPhone/iPad app, allowing boaters to remotely control alerts, alarms and transponder settings. The Vesper Marine WatchMate app has instant target acquisition.
Taking advantage of unique capabilities inside your WatchMate Vision allows it to display all received targets immediately when you start the app.
This offers a fast, easy, unobscured way to control the device. It’s adaptive and knows what menu is relevant for your situation ensuring you have access to the most appropriate AIS safety information when you need it.
The 145mm (5.7”) VGA Color TFT, resistive touchscreen offers a new experience in AIS information display and management.
Coastal outlines enable high level situational awareness and assist your understanding of your location in relation to major land areas.
This feature should not be used as a replacement for accurate navigational charts.
Vision has been designed to ensure critical safety information is at your finger tips. Each of the five function buttons allows a secondary screen to be opened in either full or split screen views.
Lists and sorts all vessels in a table view that can be viewed in full or a split screen allowing more informed situational awareness.
Lists, sorts and manages alarms. Shows all vessels that pose a collision warning or alarm (full or split screen views).
Provides information about your vessel including LAT/LON information, NMEA 0183/2000 heading, and other GPS data.
Full management of Vision settings via the Settings function button or via the list of setting options presented on WatchMate Wheel.
In crowded operating areas the WatchMate Vision eliminates clutter and false alarms with sophisticated filtering options. Filtered vessels fade out and change color when they don’t create a collision threat. This means low threat vessels still remain visible without causing screen clutter or creating a distraction. It's easy to switch filters on and off any time and immediately see the low risk vessels fade in and out.
Vessels and alarms are presented in priority order.
Displays GPS satellite status and navigation data such as your position, course and speed from Vision's built-in GPS receiver. This can be easily viewed from the My Vessel screen. Vision's GPS receiver is a high performance 50 channel GPS receiver (with WAAS/EGNOS) especially designed for marine use.
Includes a built-in GPS patch antenna that provides GPS data to the integrated 50 channel GPS receiver. This internal patch antenna allows for simple installation. However if needed, an external GPS antenna connection is provided and an optional external antenna is available. Note: For best performance, the built-in GPS antenna requires a clear and unobstructed view of the sky. It usually works well when installed in a cockpit, under a non-metallic dodger or under a fiberglass hard-top. However, if you are mounting the WatchMate Vision in a location which does not provide adequate GPS signal coverage (eg. near or obstructed by metal objects or "down below" at a nav station), we recommend using our external GPS antenna.
WatchMate Vision provides dual WiFi configuration as either a secure Access Point supporting up to five other devices simultaneously or connected to an existing router providing WiFi expansion capability.
Allows easy standards based connection of AIS data to other NMEA 2000 equipment such as plotters, radars and MFD's.
Wireless viewing of AIS targets using apps like WatchMate, NavPlay, iNavX, SEAiq and iRegatta on iPad, droidAIS and iRegatta on Android tablets or your favorite navigation software on computer (Windows or Mac).
Watch the video here that takes you through the steps to enable AIS information to be displayed on iNavX for iPad.
Vision is a Class B AIS transponder with a two channel parallel receiver and transmitter. It incorporates Vesper Marine’s new multiprocessor architecture for fast performance and includes dedicated AIS processors ensuring reliable, instant AIS data acquisition. This high performance transponder means greater range and increased safety. Connects to 12 or 24 volt power supply.
The WatchMate Vision is water proof (IPx7) so it can safely be mounted most anywhere. Unlike many touchscreen devices, you can even operate it with wet hands.
The USB connection can be used to connect Vision to on-board computers. Vision provides a GPS and AIS data feed directly to computer-based navigation software. An optional 5m (16') waterproof cable features a locking ring so it can't vibrate out of the back of the WatchMate Vision.
Allows Vision to be put in Silent Mode. When in this mode, the AIS receivers and GPS continue to operate normally. The only change is all transmissions are inhibited. Perfect for those times when you want privacy.
The perfect companion for AIS Search and Rescue and Man Over Board devices, including the latest models. Sounds the alarm whenever an AIS-SART or AIS-MOB is triggered. Clearly identifies them on the display and provides continuous position updates as well as bearing and range to the SART or MOB.
Computes the closest point of approach and time until CPA. Alarms may be based on these and other factors.
Computes the bearing and range to each vessel. Bearing can be displayed in magnetic to facilitate easy visual identification using your compass and binoculars. Bearings can alternatively be displayed in true degrees.
Targets marked as members of your fleet are displayed with a special icon. Use this to indicate your friends or vessels you commonly work with.
Triggers alarm if a vessel will come too close. Full control of alarm parameters.
Sounds alarm if any vessel comes within the specified range. Both CPA alarms and guard alarms may be used together.
In addition to the internal alarm, an external buzzer, alarm, or signal light can be interfaced without requiring any additional relays (max 150mA).
Displays received AIS Broadcast Safety Messages. These messages may contain important safety, navigation, weather, or shipping information.
Full support for AIS aids to navigation including off-position and virtual aid indicators.
The WatchMate Vision provides complete AIS and GPS output and is easily interfaced to chart plotters, MFD's, radars or computers via WiFi, NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183 or USB.
Self diagnosis to provide warnings if AIS, GPS, or antenna are not functioning.