The AIS-2-USB is a Dual Channel Parallel synthesized AIS receiver designed specifically for the Leisure Marine, Fishing Boat and Vessel Monitoring market. It enables coastal stations, or boats sailing in busy shipping lanes, to receive AIS (Automatic Identification System) information being transmitted from Class "A" transponders as fitted to vessels over 300 tons, and non-mandatory Class "B" transponders as fitted to small commercial and leisure craft.
Connected to the USB port of a PC the AIS-2-USB is powered from the port and transmits AIS data via USB to a compatible AIS display program. The information can be displayed on screen giving the skipper or harbour authority a visual interpretation of the name, position, course and speed of vessels within VHF range. This information is updated every 3 seconds to 6 minutes depending on speed and rate of turn, enabling the track of the vessels in range to be plotted.