How to use Marine Electronics with your SmartPhone

How to use Marine Electronics with your SmartPhone

click photo for more information
How to use Marine Electronics with your SmartPhone
NMEA data on your Android or iPhone Do you have an AIS receiver on your boat? Maybe a wind instrument or anemometer if you are a sailor. If you are a fisherman, you most likely have a depth sounder. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could use these electronic devices with your Android or iOS […]
0
118

NMEA data on your Android or iPhone

Do you have an AIS receiver on your boat? Maybe a wind instrument or anemometer if you are a sailor. If you are a fisherman, you most likely have a depth sounder. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could use these electronic devices with your Android or iOS phone or tablet?

The good news is that now this is possible even if the company that sold you does not support your mobile phone platform. i-Boating, an extremely popular marine navigation app on iOS, Android & Windows has added support for NMEA. This makes it possible to connect a wide variety of marine electronic devices including Wind Instruments, Sonar / Depth Sounders, AIS receivers, even GPS and more.

How this works?

This is made possible by NMEA. NMEA is a combined electrical and data specification for communication between marine electronics such as echo sounder, sonars, anemometer, gyrocompass, autopilot, GPS receivers and many other types of instruments. It has been defined by, and is controlled by, the National Marine Electronics Association.

NMEA uses a simple ASCII, serial communications protocol that defines how data are transmitted in a “sentence” from one “talker” to multiple “listeners” at a time. Through the use of intermediate expanders, a talker can have a unidirectional conversation with a nearly unlimited number of listeners, and using multiplexers, multiple sensors can talk to a single computer port.

At the application layer, the standard also defines the contents of each sentence (message) type, so that all listeners can parse messages accurately.

TLDR: Implement an NMEA talker/listener in your Android or iOS device and you can use your marine electronic device with your smartphone.

i-Boating step by guide for using AIS & other marine electronics

  • Connect your phone/table to the onboard Wi-Fi network/Wi-Fi network setup by your AIS receiver. Note that this step needs to happen outside the app.
  • Press menu/overflow button and select “Start AIS” and enter the following details:

You would have to refer to your AIS receiver manual to get the exact values. The application supports NMEA over both TCP & UDP. Here is a screenshot for how this looks like.

AIS display

  • The app support automatic age-ing of targets. The targets would turn grey if no messages are received for that target for 5 minutes. You can adjust this interval in AIS setup when you start AIS.
  • The targets are color coded. Class A Targets are orange, Class B targets are dark pink, Base station targets are green, ATONs are purple, SART are red and everything else is yellow.
  • If the heading is available, then the target is drawn with the heading vector drawn on the map.
  • Tapping on a target would display all info about the target (including static info such as name, ETA, destination, MMSI etc.).
  • Static AIS messages are sent less frequently than dynamic AIS messages. So static info about a target make take a little longer to become available.

Using GPS over NMEA

There are several AIS receivers that can stream GPS data as NMEA over TCP/UDP (on wifi network setup by that receiver). There are several Windows and Mac applications that can do the same. You can force the i-Boating client to use this as GPS source instead of the built in GPS receiver on your android device.

  • Tap menu/overflow button and select Settings
  • In Setting screen scroll down and tap on “NMEA Instrument Settings”
  • Check the box ” Use NMEA as GPS Source”
  • Tap on Save

Wind, Sonar, Temperature and other instruments data

The application includes support for NMEA instruments.

  • Wind direction: The application also shows the wind direction as yellow arrow next to the current location. To view wind direction on the map, you must tap on Auto Follow. Otherwise it is just shows as text on top of the map.
  • Wind speed
  • Sonar depth
  • Water temperature

Vector marine & Fishing charts in your browser

Most marine chart plotters do not come with built in fishing maps. You have to purchase them externally. They can only be accessed in your chart plotter, which is typically mounted in your boat. This makes it virtually impossible to use them for planning. Now you can use the free i-Boating web app for planning.

The fishing web app is available at http://fishing-app.gpsnauticalcharts.com and includes the following features.

  • Worldwide coverage: Includes US, Canada, Australia & New Zealand (Other regions coming soon):
  • HD contours: 1 ft bathymetry is available for over 5000 US lakes (and growing). This makes it really easy to identify those humps and holes and plan a route growing over those humps when fishing.
  • Switch background maps to Street Maps, USGS Satellite Imagery and more: To get an idea of the nearby terrain and streets, you can switch base map to USGS aerial imagery or even regular street maps.
  • Change depth unit to feet, meter or fathom: All depth contours, soundings and depth areas are shown in feet. But you can switch it to fathom or meters.
  • Distance bearing tool
  • Display latitude, longitude under cross hairs
  • Rotate maps using mouse or standard touch gesture (Text stays upright on rotation). ? Tilt Maps / Bird’s Eye View

Comments

Write a comment

The 7 Best Gifts for a Web Designer in 2017

click photo for more information
The 7 Best Gifts for a Web Designer in 2017
Do you have an important person in your life who happens to be a web designer? It can be your boyfriend, girlfriend, brother, sister or maybe your best friend. But what really matters here is that you need to find an ideal gift, and worry not, because this new blog post will take you by […]
0
90

Applying IoT for the Freight Industry – the Dawning and Future of Freight

click photo for more information
Applying IoT for the Freight Industry – the Dawning and Future of Freight
It has become easily accepted that the Blockchain features a virtually limitless range of functional applications external to pristine fiscal transactions. This is especially appropriate when it concerns the Internet of Things (IoT) where technology is being employed to break up a range of conventional industries. One case is cargo freight, an industry traditionally dependent […]
0
89

How Tableau Software Makes Your Business Data Beautiful

click photo for more information
How Tableau Software Makes Your Business Data Beautiful
We’re in the digital epoch. Ranging from smartphones to smart refrigerators, it seems like we can’t avert creating and striving to accumulate data for further use. Tableau is one of the leading names in modern business intelligence. Founded in Mountain View, California in 2003, the software has made its way among more than 23,000 consumers […]
0
96

BannerBit Full Review

click photo for more information
BannerBit Full Review
Every so often a investment scheme breaks through that genuinely has the ability to alter people's lives. BannerBit software system has numerous exceptional characteristics, a brilliant computer algorithm and it appears to really work. Such systems don’t just come along willy-nilly. Instead, they’re the production of numerous years of grueling work, experience and far-reaching development. […]
0
236

How to Choose a Good Web Hosting Service

click photo for more information
How to Choose a Good Web Hosting Service
WordPress is far and away the most popular blogging platform on the ‘net. It’s also one of the most popular content management systems – perhaps number one (debatable, but possible). Roughly 25% of the the world’s website are powered by WordPress. That’s more than 75 million websites, serving up 24 billion pages and adding over […]
0
141

Today’s Tip: Business Trends and Innovation

click photo for more information
Today’s Tip: Business Trends and Innovation
That’s the reason the businesses always keep a room for the innovation and significant changes to step in with what customers' demands and the market trends. The mobile application is one of the ways to stay competitive because the customers spend at least half of their time and energy on mobile devices. Understanding the customers’ […]
0
90

Guns! The Point & Click Technology Bumper Sticker

click photo for more information
Guns! The Point & Click Technology Bumper Sticker
Guns! The Point & Click Technology Bumper Sticker $ 5.00 by LagoonCorps
0
91

Deliver Multi-Dimensional BI Data with IBM COGNOS

click photo for more information
Deliver Multi-Dimensional BI Data with IBM COGNOS
IBM Cognos Business Intelligence is a web based analytic and reporting tool. It is used to generate user friendly detailed reports and perform data integration. Reports can include multiple pages, graphs, interactive prompts and different tabs. We can view these reports on web browsers and on devices like smartphones and tablets. An option to export […]
0
123

Solar power ceramic ornament

click photo for more information
Solar power ceramic ornament
Solar power ceramic ornament $ 21.15 by DigitalSolutions2u
1
91

Over 1350 Leading Companies, Including Microsoft Has Chosen SAP SuccessFactors

click photo for more information
Over 1350 Leading Companies, Including Microsoft Has Chosen SAP SuccessFactors
SAP SuccessFactors is global leader in providing cloud-based HCM (Human Capital Management) software solution. HCM suite consists of core Human Resource(HR) modules like global employee benefits, payroll, time off and record keeping; and Talent Management modules such as compensation management, Onboarding, performance management, workforce planning, succession management, recruiting and workforce analytics. Suite also includes employee […]
0
103

Programmer Stats T-Shirt

click photo for more information
Programmer Stats T-Shirt
Programmer Stats T-Shirt $ 25.70 by codewearIO
0
79

Eagle Owl Eyes Photo iPhone 6/6S Case

click photo for more information
Eagle Owl Eyes Photo iPhone 6/6S Case
By purchasing this product, you are joining a unique collaboration focused on social business impact. Learn more Eagle Owl Eyes Photo iPhone 6/6S Case $ 52.73 by northwestphotos
0
80

Professional Grey Gold Metal Modern Elegant Business Card

click photo for more information
Professional Grey Gold Metal Modern Elegant Business Card
Professional Grey Gold Metal Modern Elegant Business Card $ 37.75 by sunbuds
0
104

SteamPunk T-Shirt

click photo for more information
SteamPunk T-Shirt
SteamPunk T-Shirt $ 39.10 by ArtisticFlowers
0
87

Pig in Bathtube with bubbles Q1Q Matte iPhone 6 Case

click photo for more information
Pig in Bathtube with bubbles Q1Q Matte iPhone 6 Case
Pig in Bathtube with bubbles Q1Q Matte iPhone 6 Case $ 35.55 by Shop4Cases
0
137

Mustang technology mouse pad

click photo for more information
Mustang technology mouse pad
Mustang technology mouse pad $ 12.00 by PedroVale
0
155

Java travel mug

click photo for more information
Java travel mug
Java travel mug $ 24.95 by _Braina
0
187

Significance of Salesforce Training for Job Seekers

click photo for more information
Significance of Salesforce Training for Job Seekers
Tip of the Day : Best SSIS interview questions to land in a JOB Salesforce is an organization which offers customer relationship management (CRM) application on the cloud. It offers a platform based out on cloud where you can build and implement your custom applications. Using Salesforce CRM solution, the business teams can access the […]
0
408

technology business card

click photo for more information
technology business card
technology business card $ 24.90 by artwelt
0
64

Unplug Flask

click photo for more information
Unplug Flask
Unplug Flask $ 31.65 by esskay
0
71

The Community Tablet Unlocks Opportunities for Digital Literacy in Africa

click photo for more information
The Community Tablet Unlocks Opportunities for Digital Literacy in Africa
The Mozambique technology company Kamaleon is providing rural areas in Africa access to health and educational information via their innovative mobile Community Tablet. Lack of Internet access stands in the way of social development and economic growth in Africa. It also cuts off entire communities from the world around them. Kamaleon has developed the innovative […]
0
151

Decompiling Master T-Shirt

click photo for more information
Decompiling Master T-Shirt
Decompiling Master T-Shirt $ 25.10 by cindy_k
0
34

Times Square signs iPhone SE/5/5s Case

click photo for more information
Times Square signs iPhone SE/5/5s Case
Times Square signs iPhone SE/5/5s Case $ 35.95 by ScientiaEtArte
0
97

Plasma laser beams smoke LifeProof® FRĒ® iPhone 6/6s plus case

click photo for more information
Plasma laser beams smoke LifeProof® FRĒ® iPhone 6/6s plus case
Plasma laser beams smoke LifeProof® FR?® iPhone 6/6s plus case $ 105.00 by KijkOpStraat
0
48

Pop Art Ladies FRĒ® for Apple iPhone 6/6s LifeProof® FRĒ® iPhone 6/6s Plus Case

click photo for more information
Pop Art Ladies FRĒ® for Apple iPhone 6/6s LifeProof® FRĒ® iPhone 6/6s Plus Case
Pop Art Ladies FR?® for Apple iPhone 6/6s LifeProof® FR?® iPhone 6/6s Plus Case $ 116.00 by sharonrhea
0
77

Pop Art Ladies LifeProof® NÜÜD® iPhone 6 Plus Case

click photo for more information
Pop Art Ladies LifeProof® NÜÜD® iPhone 6 Plus Case
Pop Art Ladies LifeProof® NÜÜD® iPhone 6 Plus Case $ 121.00 by sharonrhea
0
139

Faith based business card, praying figure on blue business card

click photo for more information
Faith based business card, praying figure on blue business card
Faith based business card, praying figure on blue business card $ 34.80 by calamityjancards
0
151

Red Apple iPhone Case

click photo for more information
Red Apple iPhone Case
Red Apple iPhone Case $ 37.95 by Brad_Design
0
95

Development Never Ends Coffee Mug

click photo for more information
Development Never Ends Coffee Mug
Development Never Ends Coffee Mug $ 15.80 by ProgrammerTechnology
0
45

Refresh concept. iPad air cover

click photo for more information
Refresh concept. iPad air cover
Refresh concept. iPad air cover $ 46.45 by Soul72
0
50

Failure T T-Shirt

click photo for more information
Failure T T-Shirt
Failure T T-Shirt $ 25.70 by Ecg_Merch
0
50

Failure T T-Shirt

click photo for more information
Failure T T-Shirt
Failure T T-Shirt $ 25.70 by Ecg_Merch
0
137

Binary Low Top Shoe

click photo for more information
Binary Low Top Shoe
Binary Low Top Shoe $ 86.90 by Honey_Shark
0
50

Funny Sea Shell Selfie Shellfie Hoodie

click photo for more information
Funny Sea Shell Selfie Shellfie Hoodie
Funny Sea Shell Selfie Shellfie Hoodie $ 53.60 by Fun_Forest
0
155

coaster

click photo for more information
coaster
coaster $ 12.95 by Ankitboxy
0
52

Sickle Cell Advocate Button

click photo for more information
Sickle Cell Advocate Button
Sickle Cell Advocate Button $ 3.20 by CyndisGiftShop
0
79

Christian Bible Verse Scripture GREATER IS HE OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Case

click photo for more information
Christian Bible Verse Scripture GREATER IS HE OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Case
Christian Bible Verse Scripture GREATER IS HE OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Case $ 54.95 by kavanahlifeunlimited
0
155

Turn off your cell phone ironic symbolic case

click photo for more information
Turn off your cell phone ironic symbolic case
Turn off your cell phone ironic symbolic case $ 39.05 by Blueberry_Designs
0
78

Illustrated Human Skull iPhone 6/6S Case

click photo for more information
Illustrated Human Skull iPhone 6/6S Case
By purchasing this product, you are joining a unique collaboration focused on social business impact. Learn more Illustrated Human Skull iPhone 6/6S Case $ 52.73 by paul68
0
114

Girly Pink OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Plus Case

click photo for more information
Girly Pink OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Plus Case
Girly Pink OtterBox iPhone 6/6s Plus Case $ 67.00 by Happy_Shopping
0
163
load more posts