We would all like to claim we make the best products with the best performance and features (and of course we do!) but with a highly regulated product like a Class B AIS transponder, all manufacturer’s have to meet a strict specification and performance curve laid down in international standards. However, it’s the little extras and features that we’ve considered and designed into our value priced AIT2000 that make it your best choice. Here are just some reasons why…
EASIER GPS ANTENNA INSTALLATION
All Class B AS transponders require their own internal GPS and associated antenna. We supply the AIT2000 with a compact antenna with an industry standard 1″ threaded base for mounting onto standard pole, deck or rail mounts. What’s more we’ve designed the cable to either exit from the side of the antenna or through the base and it can even be “puck” mounted if required. The 10m cable is terminated with a FME style connector which means you don’t need to drill large holes through the boat to run the cable to the transponder and of course, we supply an adaptor to fit the transponder’s TNC GPS input. Easy!
THE BEST IN CONNECTIVITY
We designed our AIT2000 to be compatible with any AIS ready device so we’ve included multiple NMEA0183 interfaces, NMEA2000 and USB connections as standard. In addition, all three sets of cables are supplied with the device ready to plug ‘n play into any installation. We’ve also added a 2nd NMEA 0183 output with GPS data at 4800 baud which can be used to feed a DSC VHF. There’s also a NMEA input and built in multiplexer so instrument and AIS data can be aggregated into one output
REMOTE SILENCE CAPABILITY AND EASY STATUS INDICATION
You may want to silence your transponder but still receive AIS information and we’ve made that easy with two extra cables in the harness which can be connected to either a simple push button or toggle switch. Nice! The four status LEDs on the AIT2000 can show the status of the unit and full internal diagnostics mean that if you’re GREEN, you’re good to go and the whole system has self checked and even verified the VHF transmission.
PC or MAC
Our proAIS2 programming and diagnostics software works with PC and MAC and allows the transponder to be programmed at home* without connection to a DC power supply utilizing just the USB connection. What’s more, we include our SmarterTrack Lite AIS viewing software for a PC (Windows XP, 7, Vista and 8 compatible) so you can use your PC for AIS monitoring – or upgrade to SmarterTrack for full charting and routing capability at the chart table without the need for a 2nd expensive plotter display. For a permanent PC connection, we’d recommend utilizing our USB-NMEA adaptor for compatibility across a wide range of charting and navigation programs.