PilotLINK, which will be available from late May, has been produced for use with the iNavX and iSailor applications. Digital Deep Sea, a brand of UK-based Digital Yacht, says that it can be connected to any Class A AIS transponder regardless of manufacturer.
PilotLINK creates a Wi-Fi hotspot aboard the vessel with an on board range of typically 30m, according to the press release. AIS target data and GPS navigation information are transmitted from the Class A device, and the program or app on the mobile device can tap into this data.
Digital Deep Sea offers a free app called iAIS but PilotLINK can also operate with such apps as iNavX and iSailor.
Digital Deep Sea says that PilotLINK is self-contained, operating from an internal 9V PP3 battery which offers around 15 hours operation. Fitted with an industry standard 1m interconnect cable, it can alternatively be connected to any USB compatible external power pack. The USB connection can also be utilised with existing on board AC/DC outlets through a suitable adaptor.
PilotLINK is priced at £200 plus VAT and is available from late May 2013.