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The WatchMate Vision AIS Transponder includes built-in WiFi, USB, NMEA 2000® & NMEA 0183, GPS receiver and GPS antenna.
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Free Class B AIS Programming
FCC regulations require Class B AIS units to be programmed with MMSI and vessel information before shipping to US addresses. Milltech Marine provides this service free of charge.
Common Questions About MMSI
To make it more convenient for you to provide vessel information, we have prepared this quick and easy online form. Please complete and submit at time of order.
If you prefer to not use the online form, you can download the Vessel Static Information form and fax (425-484-6218) or email.
We are required to have proof of valid MMSI, so please also send a copy of the issuing document.
If you do not have a copy of your MMSI assignment, contact the issuing authority or organization. To search the FCC licensing database, click here. For BoatUS information, click here.
Go here if you do not have an FCC Ships Station License and MMSI and wish to obtain one.
If you are an international customer, and the ship-to address is outside of the US, you are not required to have the Class B AIS transponder programmed before shipping, but we are happy to perform this service for you.
Winner of the NMMA Innovation Award, the WatchMate Vision AIS Transponder offers the best in collision avoidance systems while also providing new ways to view AIS on mobile devices. WatchMate Vision is a clever, dedicated safety instrument for any leisure or work boat skipper wanting to make accurate safety decisions using integrated AIS, GPS and NMEA 2000 information.
The Vision transceiver brings a new dimension to AIS information by the intuitive way it eliminates unwanted alarms and removes clutter from the display. It shows and prioritizes only the targets that have a current collision risk while allowing the user to customize the powerful features to their current situation (Offshore, Coastal, Harbor or Anchored).
This innovative easy to use AIS Transponder combines;
- Free iPhone app provides configuration, status monitoring and interactive remote control over operation
- NMEA 2000 & 0183, WiFi and waterproof USB connectivity
- WiFi configuration options; Access Point or Client
- Routes your NMEA-0183 instrument data over WiFi
- Worldwide coastal outlines
- Smartphone and tablet interactive remote controls
- Transponder Silent Mode option
- Internal high-performance parallel two channel AIS transponder
- Includes 50 channel GPS receiver with internal antenna
- New multi-processor architecture for fast performance
The easiest way to integrate AIS with consumer mobile devices. Vision’s safety data can also be used wirelessly with mobile devices running applications such as iNavX.
More than a simple mobile AIS viewer, Vision offers groundbreaking control with a free iPhone/iPad app, allowing boaters to remotely control alerts, alarms and transponder settings.
Context Sensitive WatchMate Wheel™
This offers a fast, easy, unobscured way to control the device. It’s adaptive and knows what menu is relevant for your situation ensuring you have access to the most appropriate AIS safety information when you need it.
The 145mm (5.7”) VGA Color TFT, resistive touchscreen offers a new experience in AIS information display and management.
Plotter Screen MagnifierWatchMate Vision’s unique magnifier appears on the AIS Plotter Screen when needed allowing users to select targets without losing position context and scale.
Worldwide Built-In Coastal Outlines
Coastal outlines will enable high level situational awareness and assist your understanding of your location in relation to major land areas.
This feature should not be used as a replacement for accurate navigational charts.
Easy to Use With Five Function Buttons
Vision has been designed to ensure critical safety information is at your finger tips. Each of the five function buttons allows a secondary screen to be opened in either full or split screen views).
Target List Function Button
Lists and sorts all vessels in a table view that can be viewed in full or a split screen allowing more informed situational awareness.
Alarms Display Function Button
Lists, sorts and manages alarms. Shows all vessels that pose a collision warning or alarm (full or split screen views).
My Vessel Display Function Button
Provides information about your vessel including LAT/LON information, NMEA 0183/2000 heading, and other GPS data.
AIS Plotter Screen Function ButtonProvides full screen mode offering maximum situational awareness while providing quick and easy access to filter and other settings via the WatchMate Wheel
User Settings Screen Function Button
Full management of Vision settings via the Settings function button or via the list of setting options presented on WatchMate Wheel.
In crowded operating areas the WatchMate Vision eliminates clutter and false alarms with sophisticated filtering options. Filtered vessels fade out and change color when they don’t create a collision threat. This means low threat vessels still remain visible without causing screen clutter or creating a distraction. It's easy to switch filters on and off any time and immediately see the low risk vessels fade in and out.
Vessels and alarms are presented in priority order.
Displays GPS satellite status and navigation data such as your position, course and speed from Vision's built-in GPS receiver. This can be easily viewed from the My Vessel screen. Vision's GPS receiver is a high performance 50 channel GPS receiver (with WAAS/EGNOS) especially designed for marine use.
Integrated GPS Antenna
Includes a built-in GPS patch antenna that provides GPS data to the integrated 50 channel GPS receiver. This internal patch antenna allows for simple installation. However if needed, an external GPS antenna connection is provided and an optional external antenna is available. Note: For best performance, the built-in GPS antenna requires a clear and unobstructed view of the sky. It usually works well when installed in a cockpit, under a non-metallic dodger or under a fiberglass hard-top. However, if you are mounting the WatchMate Vision in a location which does not provide adequate GPS signal coverage (eg. near or obstructed by metal objects or "down below" at a nav station), we recommend using our external GPS antenna.
Connect Wirelessly to Other Devices Using WiFi 802.11 b/g
WatchMate Vision provides dual WiFi configuration as either a secure Access Point supporting up to five other devices simultaneously or connected to an existing router providing WiFi expansion capability.
Certified NMEA 2000 connectivity
Allows easy standards based connection of AIS data to other NMEA 2000 equipment such as plotters, radars and MFD's.
Routes your NMEA-0183 instrument data over WiFi
Wind, depth, speed, heading and all other NMEA-0183 data as well as NMEA-2000 heading data is combined with GPS and AIS data and sent simultaneously to up to five devices (tablets, smart phones, computers). Display and use this data in your navigation applications such as iNavX or SEAiq on an iPad and iPhone or any Windows or Mac navigation software. For larger WiFi networks, you can extend the number of connected devices by adding an ordinary WiFi router.
Interact With Applications Such as iNavX and SEAiq on iPads or Navigation Software on Laptops
Allows users to remotely access AIS information on other applications via smart phones, tablets and computers.
Watch the video here that takes you through the steps to enable AIS information to be displayed on iNavX for iPad.
Look at a summary of mobile apps Vesper has tested.
Integrated AIS Transponder
Vision is a Class B AIS Transponder with a two channel parallel receiver and transmitter. It incorporates Vesper Marine’s new multiprocessor architecture for fast performance and includes dedicated AIS processors ensuring reliable, instant AIS data acquisition. This high performance transponder means greater range and increased safety. Connects to 12 or 24 volt power supply.
Fully Water Proof Including USB Connection
The water proof USB connection can be used to connect the WatchMate Vision to onboard or home computers as required.
Silent Mode Control via iPhone / iPad or PC
Allows Vision to be put in Silent Mode. When in this mode, the AIS receivers and GPS continue to operate normally. The only change is all transmissions are inhibited. Perfect for those times when you want privacy.
Class A, Class B and AIS SART & MOB
The perfect companion for AIS Search and Rescue and Man Over Board devices, including the latest models. Sounds the alarm whenever an AIS-SART or AIS-MOB is triggered. Clearly identifies them on the display and provides continuous position updates as well as bearing and range to the SART or MOB. See how this looks on the AISWatchMate here
CPA and TCPA
Computes the closest point of approach and time until CPA. Alarms may be based on these and other factors.
Bearing and Range
Computes the bearing and range to each vessel. Bearing can be displayed in magnetic to facilitate easy visual identification using your compass and binoculars. Bearings can alternatively be displayed in true degrees.
Identify Your "Fleet"
Targets marked as members of your fleet are displayed with a special icon. Use this to indicate your friends or vessels you commonly work with.
Triggers alarm if a vessel will come too close. Full control of alarm parameters.
Sounds alarm if any vessel comes within the specified range. Both CPA alarms and guard alarms may be used together.
External Alarm Trigger
In addition to the internal alarm, an external buzzer, alarm, or signal light can be interfaced without requiring any additional relays (max 150mA).
Displays received AIS Broadcast Safety Messages. These messages may contain important safety, navigation, weather, or shipping information.
Aids to Navigation
Full support for AIS aids to navigation including off-position and virtual aid indicators.
Large Backlit LCD
Adjustable daylight viewable backlit 145mm (5 11/16") LCD.
The WatchMate Vision provides complete AIS and GPS output and is easily interfaced to chart plotters, radars or computers via WiFi, NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183 or USB.
Self diagnosis to provide warnings if AIS, GPS, or antenna are not functioning.
Stand-alone unit doesn't require chart plotter, computer or radar
The WatchMate Vision is easy to interface to these devices but none are necessary for its operation. The Vision is a fully stand-alone AIS collision warning solution.
Color touchscreen with WatchMate Wheel ™
The innovative WatchMate Wheel combined with the color touchscreen improves the users speed at which they access relevant, critical AIS safety information.
Concise and easy to read displays
Uncluttered easy to read displays with split screen option showing all available AIS data with quick access to the most critical information provided via the five Function Buttons.
Display world coastlines
Assists you to understand your location in relation to major land areas.
This feature should not be used as a replacement for accurate navigational charts.
Interact with standard applications such as iNavX on iPads
Allows users to remotely access AIS information on other applications via smart devices.
Dual WiFi configuration
WatchMate Vision provides dual WiFi configuration as either a secure Access Point supporting up to five other devices or connected to an existing router providing WiFi expansion capability.
Wireless access to AIS information
View AIS and navigate from your PC, or tablet from anywhere on your boat over wireless connections.
Mounting the WatchMate Vision is made easy with innovative cable connection points that create low profile installations. The unit can be surface mounted or it can be mounted with the bracket supplied. As well as being waterproof the Vision also has multiple connection options; NMEA 2000 / 0183, WiFi and USB connectivity.
Certified NMEA 2000 connectivity
Very easy standards based connection of AIS data to other NMEA 2000 equipment.
Remote transponder control
Controls transponder and silent mode features remotely via iPhone / iPad (Android coming) allowing users to remotely control the WatchMate Vision.
With AIS your safety is increased day and night when offshore or in busy traffic areas.
Safety at night
When night falls or the weather is bad it is often difficult to see other vessel's lights or determine their direction. Vision shows immediately which way the vessel is moving and will even plot the crossing situation. The WatchMate Vision display can also be placed in night mode to make viewing that much easier.
You’ll have each vessel's name and call sign and others using AIS will also have yours. If you wish to call another vessel you will be able to ensure you are talking to the correct vessel. This is very important when operating in busy areas or in bad weather when visibility is reduced.
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|LCD Touch Panel
||145mm (5 11/16”), VGA Color TFT, Resistive Touch|
||172mm wide x 130mm high x 60mm depth (6 7/8” x 5 1/8” x 2 3/8”)|
||Watertight (USCG CFR-46, IPx7)|
||-25°C to +55°C (-13°F to 131°F)|
|Number of receivers
||2 AIS, 1 DSC (timeshared)|
|Number of transmitters
||12-24 VDC, 6W nominal|
|TX Power output
||33 dBm (2W)|
||50 channel (optional external antenna) with WAAS and EGNOS|
|VHF antenna required
||50 ohm, 156-162MHz, max 2:1 VSWR, PL-259 connector|
||1 fully isolated USB port (mini), 1 isolated NMEA 0183 input (RS422) 1 NMEA 0183 output (RS422)|
||NMEA 2000, NMEA 0183, Wireless 802.11 b/g|
||Access Point for up to 5 devices or client of existing router|
||WPA / WPA2 Personal (PSK)|
||IEC 61162-1, NMEA 0183, NMEA 0183 HS, NMEA 2000|
||IEC 62287, IEC 60945, IEC 61108, IEC 61162, ITU-R M.1371, ITU-R M.825, ITU-R M.1084|
||BSH, BABT, CE, FCC, US Coast Guard|
||Two year world-wide warranty|
||• 2m Power/Data cable|
• USB Cable
• Mounting bracket
• Flush mounting hardware
• Protective cover
||• External GPS Antenna|
• SP160 VHF/AIS Antenna Splitter
• Waterproof USB cable