Android app with boat data: Memory Map Pro & Naviotab

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

6 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    One Android charting app I missed that may integrate boat AIS and other data is SeaPilot. But we’ll know soon, I think. While SeaPilot once covered only the waters of Sweden and a few nearby countries…
    …it’s now coming to the USA in a major way. The US SeaPilot app for iThings is just out and it works OK with Vesper XB WiFi output as well as SeaPilot’s Internet AIS feed:
    And I believe that Android and Windows 8 versions are planned, as they offer in Europe. I also know that SeaPilot and TrueHeading have set up U.S. distribution and technical support, but will learn more at their press event in Lauderdale.

  2. Nick Heyes says:

    Tried Memory Map app last week and it was great with wireless instrument and AIS integration. Understand they are working on adding UDP as well as TCP/IP settings. Here’s a list of apps Digital Yacht found for Android

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Nick, that’s a nice resource. But, ouch, it highlights my ignorance about what’s been going on in Android world. I count seven AIS and instrument apps that can display boat data but that I didn’t mention in this entry, including two from your company, which also makes numerous devices that can put the data on WiFi. Sorry!
    Still, though, looks like Memory-Map Pro is the first charting app with such abilities.
    In what circumstances is it better to use UDP instead of TCP/IP?

  4. Nick Heyes says:

    Hi Ben,
    UDP generally supports multiple devices so you can have say an iPad, Android tablet, PC and iPhone connected to the same server. TCP/IP generally supports only 1 device but it varies from application and server. Our NMEA-WiFi devices support up to 7 clients via UDP or can be configured for TCP/IP. TCP/IP is technically more robust than a UDP “multicast” broadcast but in practice both work without hiccups.
    FYI, new iPad Air display is much better in sunlight too

  5. Dan Gabier says:

    Hi Ben,
    Welcome to New Bern! My family and I live in a Lagoon 400 catamaran named Do Over right across the river at the New Bern Grand Marina. Hope you enjoy the town and let me know if I can help with anything during your stay.

  6. richard stephens says:

    Nick is correct, we have added support for UDP communication with Digital Yacht products, which supports multiple devices connected at the same time. That will be included in the next update. The Vesper XB8000 does support multiple devices via TCP.
    Another interesting development is that the upcoming version of Android supports multiple simultaneous network connections. An on-board WiFi network connected to the internet via a high gain antenna is fantastic, but for many, it would be convenient to use the phone’s mobile data connection while also connected to the boat instruments. It looks like that will be possible with Android 5.
    In the mean time, connecting to the instruments via a bluetooth serial port adapter (or via a ShipModul multiplexor) is another way one can stay connected to the internet and boat instruments at the same time.

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