Simrad launches NAIS 500 Class-B AIS

(EGERSUND, Norway) — The Simrad NAIS 500 is a new fully integrated, Class-B automatic identification system (AIS) transponder. Ideal for navigating busy shipping lanes and congested ports, the NAIS 500 — which includes a dedicated GPS-500 receiver — is compact, lightweight and fully waterproof. It offers low power draw and features multiple connections for networking with any NSS, NSO or GO series chartplotter/multifunction display and Simrad RS VHF systems.

Meeting the strict regulations set for Class-B AIS transponders, the NAIS 500 ensures that a vessel is seen on a display — reducing the risk of collisions. The transponder sends a signal to other vessels in the area, allowing boaters to plan any necessary avoidance maneuvers well in advance. Compatible with NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, NMEA 0183 multiplexing and USB, the NAIS 500 is easy to install in any configuration. Capable of withstanding harsh offshore conditions, the transponder meets IPX7 standards. Weighing less than 9 ounces (250 grams) and featuring a low average power consumption of 180 mA at 12 VDC, the NAIS 500 is ideal for sailboats or powerboats.

“Identifying ships that are heading toward you is almost as important as knowing where you are and is vital to safe passage,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “With current regulations, most commercial ships are required to have AIS onboard. The NAIS 500 works with Simrad chartplotters and multifunction displays to provide boaters with the peace of mind that, regardless of the sea conditions, they will be visible to any traffic in the area.”

Pairing the NSPL-500 VHF Splitter Box with the NAIS-500 enables the capability to use a single VHF antenna for the NAIS-500 and a VHF fixed-mount radio.

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By Professional Mariner Staff