Navico has unveiled the NAIS 500, a Class B AIS transponder for its Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands.
According to the Simrad press release, the NAIS 500 has a dedicated GPS-500 receiver, is waterproof, is built for low power draw and networks with any NSS, NSO and GO series multifunction display, as well as with Simrad RS VHF systems.
The NAIS 500 is also compatible with NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183. Its transponder meets IPX7 standards, and the unit weighs less than 9 ounces. Power consumption is 180 mA at 12 VDC, according to the manufacturer.
“Identifying ships that are heading towards you is almost as important as knowing where you are and is vital to safe passage,” Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico, stated in the press release. “With current regulations, most commercial ships are required to have AIS on board. 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.”