To see and be seen
Ocean Signal is exhibiting for the first time at Seawork with sister company ACR Electronics. The company will be introducing the ATA100 Class A and ATB1 Class B AIS transponders. These fully compliant solutions increase visibility, aid collision-avoidance and enhance navigational safety for a range of commercial workboats, support vessels and fishing boats.
The ATA100 is a combined SOLAS and Inland approved single-unit device capable of exchanging dynamic and static ship data with other AIS systems. It has been developed to meet the latest IMO carriage requirements and IEC standards and incorporates Ocean Signal’s trusted technology within a compact design that is easy to use and simple to install. The ATA100 is the only Class A AIS transponder available rated to the IPX7 waterproofing standard.
Requiring a minimal amount of bridge space, the ATA100 is supplied with pilot plug and is suitable for either flush panel or free-standing mounting for easy installation into almost any position or location. It features a 7-inch high-intensity, full-colour, rapid-response LCD to display clear real-time marine traffic information. The coastline map and radar views have various orientation display options, whilst a standard target list display can be customised to provide immediate detailed information about nearby vessels.
The Ocean Signal Class A AIS has integrated Wi-Fi and USB interfaces for PC and tablet connection and is user-intuitive, featuring large illuminated keys and easy-to-grip jog stick.
For commercial operators requiring a Class B AIS device, the Ocean Signal ATB1 is a powerful transponder incorporating superior SOTDMA, (Self Organised Time Division Multiple Access) technology. This complex AIS technology ensures increased priority for position reports with no loss or delay of transmission, offering captains a high strength, yet affordable, Class B device for aiding collision avoidance and providing peace of mind in areas of high traffic or poor conditions.
The Ocean Signal ATB1 has a faster reporting rate and higher output power than standard CSTDMA (Carrier Sense TDMA) Class B units, sending AIS transmissions every five seconds instead of the CSTDMA two transmissions per minute. The unit’s 5W output power, compared to the standard 2W, allows the transmissions to reach further.
Easy to use with accessible connections, the ATB1 features a sleek, yet rugged, waterproof design that is high on performance and low on energy consumption. It is quick and simple to install and is supplied complete with an external mount GPS antenna, ready to upload vessel information using a mobile phone, tablet or PC.
Both the Class A and Class B units are compatible with Ocean Signal’s award-winning rescueME MOB1 man overboard AIS/DSC device, providing immediate notification if a MOB1 is activated. The ATA100 is programmable to accommodate up to 30 MOB units.
The ATA100 and ATB1 are the latest additions to Ocean Signal’s comprehensive portfolio of essential sea-safety equipment developed and manufactured in the UK for the commercial maritime market.
Ocean Signal can be seen on the ACR Electronics stand PY67
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