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National Marine Electronics Association

Collision Avoidance through AIS     

All ships have the Automatic Identification System (AIS), and it痴 now coming soon to a smaller boat near you. Some claim AIS, which exchanges pertinent navigation information in near real-time between vessels and shore authorities, is the greatest advance in navigation-communications since radar. The AIS information耀uch as unique identification, position, course, speed, heading, status, destination幼an be displayed on a screen. AIS is digital, so you can readily integrate it with a myriad of standardized marine electronics including radar, ECDIS, multi-functions displays, and PCs. In this session, we値l answer your questions: What exactly is AIS? Will boats be required to have it? What are the latest AIS rules and regulations? What is the difference between Class A and Class B systems? How do you properly install and integrate AIS with other systems? And, what do you need to tell your customers asking about AIS and how they can be safe on the water?

RF and EMI Interference  

This is the bug on vessels. Interference on a boat is everywhere, and it emanates from many different sources. With increased integration of electronics on networks, with high-end audio and visual components and handheld devices on board, mitigating interference is more critical than ever. While you cannot prevent interference, you can learn to detect it and how to apply best practices to lessen its effects. In this session, you値l learn how to filter out existing interference sources and where not to locate potentially interfering products. We値l also discuss cable types, cable installation, and connections. Finally, we値l explain how system grounding can diminish the effects of interference.

Installation and Calibration of Transducers  

Transducers are some of the most vital sensors on a boat, capable of integrating information such as speed, depth, and temperature. In this session, you値l learn about proper installation and calibration of these transducers. We値l answer your questions about tools and materials, different housing materials, such as plastic, bronze, and stainless steel, as well as solvents and coatings. You値l discover how to select the right transducer for any kind of boat. We値l cover the best location for the type of transducer being installed, and you値l learn the best techniques for proper installation to assure long transducer life and to prevent water intrusion.

Antenna Placement  

What are the best practices for antenna installation? In this in-depth seminar, we値l demonstrate the underlying principles behind NMEA痴 antenna arrangement guidelines, covering antenna types including VHF, SSB, cell, GPS, and others. As marine electronics become increasingly prevalent, the number of systems competing for antenna space has grown. Your skill in placing the antenna correctly is a critical factor in ensuring that each system performs properly. You must also mount the antenna with adequate physical support, taking care to prevent interference or degradation from other signals or nearby obstructions. We値l discuss how to balance antenna system performance requirements with your customer痴 aesthetic needs or a vessel痴 physical limitations. We値l also offer information from leading RF system and antenna manufacturers. What is theory? What is practical? What connectors should be used for the antenna cable? Should you or should you not extend the antenna cable? This is the place to ask those questions, and more.

Satellite Communications: Installation and Trends 

Satellite communication antennas for satellite phones, broadband, and television are being installed more and more at the factory. In this session, we値l give you the practical knowledge you need to master best practices in satcom installation. We値l cover common installation problems and their solutions, and we値l help you learn how to balance aesthetics with performance. We値l also dedicate time to selecting the proper cable and connector system, including cable length, splicing decisions, and best practices for splicing. Finally, we値l have highly technical discussion about the likely future of satellite communications.

Integrating Smart Phones and Marine Electronics 

Smart phones, tablets, handheld navigation devices: Navigating through this sea of new devices can be daunting. Which items should you incorporate onto the boat? Which ones should you avoid? In new and existing boats, myriad electronics are being installed as standard equipment. In this session, we値l discuss whether it痴 a good idea to network electronics, or not. We値l also talk about how to integrate NMEA 2000 to NMEA 0183 and other proprietary systems, whether they are installed at the factory, in a boatyard, or as an aftermarket decision. We値l address the compatibility of individual devices in these complex systems, and we'll also cover onboard and shoreside communications with smart phones, as well as gathering data to be displayed. Throughout this presentation, we値l outline classic errors as well as dos and don稚s. Your customers are talking about these devices, so make sure you know how to answer the integration question.

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