Navionics Boating app AIS feature, great idea but…

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

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8 Responses

  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    PS The WiFi AIS feature is only available in the Navionics Boating app if you have a current subscription, which I think fair.

    But receiving GPS and Depth over WiFi does not require a subscription, presumably because that data is needed to collect SonarChart data which benefits Navionics (and the rest of us).

  2. Mario Bruno Mario Bruno says:

    This is great stuff. I do hope that Internet ais data also becomes an option for those who don’t have receivers. Anything that increases safety is a good thing. My issue is that I use my iPad with a raymarine wi-fish fish finder for sonar charts. That also on WiFi, so I cannot connect to the sonar chart device and the ais one at the same time. I wonder if there are Bluetooth ais receivers and navionics would allow that type of connection.

  3. Tom Poes says:

    It is a dramatic feature what navionics implements.
    We tested it and it is in one word; unsafe app.

    We tested against opencpn with random transponders and receivers. It seems that several AIS targets are not shown or even disappear from the screen. far away and nearby.

    We are convinced that it is a real Béta version and is really not grown up for publishing!

    What fails:
    – No AIS target list
    – No CPA from target
    – No TCPA from target
    – very weak AIS symbols
    – No UDP network connection possible
    – No AIS target vectors
    – No AIS target tracks possible

    When connecting with a Ipad, we could not change to UDP and all other devices where disconnected.

    Unbelievable in this AIS era.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Thanks, Tom. I too wish that Navionics had held off with the AIS feature until it was more completely developed, but their improvement plans sound good. Also, I think it’s great that the most popular boating app — their claim, but I don’t doubt it — has introduced a wider audience to this “dramatic feature.”

      • Ben Stein Ben Stein says:

        I certainly agree that it doesn’t appear Navionics’ AIS functionality is ready for prime time. But, in some communications with Navionics, they mentioned they like to get features out as they’re completed and not hold them back. I think this time around they might not have struck the right balance but I do applaud them for being aggressive about getting new features out.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Yesterday I set up one of the three data servers available on the Actisense W2K-1 as UDP with the port address 2000 and Navionics Boating immediately connected to the AIS, Depth, and GPS data the W2K-1 is getting from Gizmo’s NMEA 2000 network. (The latter two values seem fidgety but maybe I should try it underway; and the Actisense bridge is misidentified as a “Digital Yacht WLN10”.)

    At any rate, I don’t know how Boating’s auto-discovery works, but it seems to like port 2000 (if you have source that can be customized).

  5. Thomas Kaiser says:

    I totally agree that the new AIS feature is useless and unsafe. Wonder why the navionics people haven’t tried out the competitors features before spending time on developing the AIS function ?
    Normally I prefer to use Navionics on my Ipad as a backup to my Raymarine plotter, but when I need the AIS function here in the Mediterranian I turn to InavX. And I will probably keep on doing this for a while….

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