Simrad expands AIS portfolio with new Class B solution

(EGERSUND, Norway) — The new Simrad V3100 Class B AIS is designed to meet the needs of light commercial vessels and workboats operating in high-traffic areas. Complete with self-organized time-division multiple access (SOTDMA) technology and increased output power to provide improved transmission reliability and range, the new V3100 is a cost-effective package for vessels that require greater performance than standard Class B AIS, but do not require a full Class A solution.
The Simrad V3100 incorporates the same SOTDMA technology found in Class A systems. This transmission technology allows the AIS solution to negotiate a regular transmission time slot with other AIS units in range, facilitating more frequent and reliable position updates in areas with high AIS activity – such as crowded harbors and waterways. With a maximum transmission power of 5 watts – more than double the output power of standard Class B systems – the V3100 allows a vessel to be detected at greater range and provides more reliable transmission to satellite-based AIS receivers.
This "black box" AIS solution is designed to work with Simrad multifunction displays and other NMEA 2000 or NMEA 0183 connected marine electronics.

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By Professional Mariner Staff