Vesper Marine AIS used in America’s Cup races

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Vesper Marine said its Guardian AIS system is being used to establish a virtual aid to navigation perimeter that clearly outlines the race course for the Louis Vuitton challenger series and the 35th America’s Cup finals in Bermuda.

Broadcast using the international standardized marine Automatic Identification System, changes to the course are made in real time, ensuring safety for spectators and other local marine traffic, the company said.

New Zealand-based Vesper Marine’s America’s Cup technology was first used at the 2013 event.

“We are proud to be part of this iconic event with such a rich history,” CEO Jeff Robbins said in a statement. “Our easy-to-use system gives the race organizers a great deal of flexibility and powerful functionality. The Vesper Marine Guardian solution makes spectating and officiating the America’s Cup races a whole lot safer.”

Complementing a private system that America’s Cup organizers use to manage the race and notify race boats of approaching boundaries, Vesper Marine’s technology has been implemented to address safety concerns for the large number of on-the-water spectators.

Authorized race officials will collect real-time information from race marshals, calculate condition-dependent course boundaries and, using Vesper Marine’s application programming interface, send information to the Guardian system automatically.

Establishing a virtual fence around the course, the Guardian system broadcasts this information to the public using AIS frequencies — painting the course on nearby vessels’ dedicated AIS displays and navigation systems to clearly outline boundaries and other critical safety information, the company said.

As a result, spectator and official vessels can quickly and easily see their own positions, relative to the course boundaries on their navigation displays, to ensure they are safely outside the course at all times.

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