VESPER MARINE ADDS POWERFUL NEW FEATURES TO XB-8000 AIS TRANSPONDER

Vesper 1

 

Apr 3, 2016

Vesper Marine has announced that its XB-8000 Class B AIS, has a software update available for all new and existing owners. Vesper Marine’s consistent and storied history of AIS innovation and product development is evident in the new version, which incorporates important features that provide even more capabilities to enhance marine safety.

The XB-8000 is an upgradeable AIS platform, designed to be compatible with a continuous stream of feature updates, adding a host of new and unique capabilities. The most recent update makes it the first AIS transponder to allow users to connect an external buzzer to enable an audible alarm for AIS Man Overboard (MOB), Search and Rescue Transponder (SART) or Emergency Position Indicating Radiobeacon (EPIRB). A constant watch keeper that is always on, the safety alarm is triggered directly by the XB-8000 when it detects one of these AIS devices and does not require any additional equipment such as a multi-function display (MFD), plotter or mobile device to function.

“We designed the XB-8000 as a platform with an eco-system of features that is capable of constant evolution, adapting to new technologies and the ever-changing needs of boaters,” said Jeff Robbins, CEO, Vesper Marine. “We encourage suggestions and feedback from customers and our newest XB-8000 update builds upon the unit’s designed-in expansion capabilities and exemplifies the ongoing enhancements we will continue to provide owners of all our AIS solutions.” 

Another first for an AIS transponder is the new Anchor Watch feature, which can be activated, configured and monitored remotely using the WatchMate app on Android or Apple mobile devices. Anchor Watch monitors the XB-8000’s highly accurate GPS position and if it breaks a circular geo-fence configured around the vessel, the external alarm will trigger regardless of the mobile device’s status. If the smartphone or tablet powers off or the WatchMate app is closed, the XB-8000 Anchor Watch will continue to monitor the situation and sound a warning alarm. A simple switch can also be used to activate the anchor watch or reset alarms without using a mobile device.

“Man Overboard and Anchor Watch alarms are groundbreaking new safety features for an AIS transponder,” added Robbins. “In the past, a compatible MFD also had to be powered-on and configured properly to activate an AIS MOB or Anchor Watch alarm. With the Vesper Marine XB-8000, even a small vessel that isn’t equipped with an MFD or offshore sailors concerned about battery life can take advantage of these features. If a crewmember falls overboard or the anchor drags on a stormy night, the AIS transponder immediately sounds the alarm. That is safety!”

Vesper 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The XB-8000’s instant-target-acquisition function, working in conjunction with the WatchMate app has also been enhanced. It provides vital up-to-date real-time AIS target data immediately to the WatchMate App whenever the app is started. Unlike MFD’s and other mobile apps on the market, it eliminates the need to wait for any vessel within range to re-transmit AIS data before its positions can be identified. Boaters can turn on the WatchMate app and immediately view the complete situation without needing to wait for it to incrementally appear over a period of several minutes. This significantly decreases response time and increases situational awareness which is particularly useful in heavy traffic situations.

The upgrade is performed over WiFi on-board without the need to uninstall anything. All existing owners may upgrade by visiting support.vespermarine.com and all new products now being shipped by Vesper Marine already have the upgrade installed. New companion versions of the free WatchMate app are available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information on Vesper Marine, the XB-8000, or its entire product line, please visit www.vespermarine.com

 

Related Posts





NMMA Canada’s Day on the Hill event hits a new high in 2024

CMRA

While the Day on the Hill lobby session has been a key activity for NMMA Canada for many years now, I feel that the event hit a new high in the 2024 session in Ottawa on May 27 and 28th.

Lead by Executive Director Marie-France MacKinnon and executed by her team and their public affairs firm, BlueSky Strategy Group, the results were impressive. The NMMA Canada Board of Directors were organized into teams with business interests and special skills matched up to politicians and senior bureaucrats to most effectively present the marine industry’s agenda of issues. 

Read More




Need to Catch up on News This Week?

Every Tuesday we publish a fresh Digest with informative articles pertaining to the Canadian boating and marine industry. Stay up to date with the latest products, research and industry developments.

Missed an Issue of Boating Industry Canada News Week? If you’re looking for a specific issue, or simply want to catch up on previous issues, check out our Boating Industry Canada News Week Archives.

Not signed up for News Week? Subscribe here.



The Hydrobike, a key concept that embodies a vision for the future

DECATHLON, determined to erase the boundary between land and water, introduces its latest forward-thinking concept: the HydroBike. This innovation from the French sports giant aims to democratize access to nature while staying ahead in the transformation of their business model. 

The initial assessment: paddle sports are often inaccessible to less experienced individuals, assuming the acquisition of paddling skills.

Read More


Compass works when electronics don’t

Hubbell-Marine Stainless steel outlet covers

Even in the event of an onboard power failure, a Ritchie Navigation SuperSport Helmsman SS-1002 magnetic compass still works. Plus, when the vessel is moving slowly in fog or while trolling, it can do something a GPS can’t: show the actual heading in real time. As a back-up to modern electronics, it’s a vital navigational tool that belongs on every commercial and recreational boat.

Read More