NMEA releases new version of standard

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The National Marine Electronics Association released version 2.10 of the NMEA 2000 standard, with a new message database appendix version 1.300 that includes AIS Class B PGN's.

"The marketplace has been asking for NMEA 2000 AIS Class B messages," said Steve Spitzer, NMEA's technical director, in a statement. "Now that AIS Class B products can be sold in the U.S. marketplace, we are sure we will begin to see NMEA 2000 Certified AIS products."

The NMEA 2000 Standard offers a safe, high-quality means for marine electronics devices from different manufacturers to interface and communicate with each other, according to the association. The standard also includes message priority and collision avoidance.

The price for the new 2.10 version is $2,700 for NMEA members and $4,000 for non-members in digital format; or $3,200 for members and $4,500 for non-members for the paper version. It includes a full set of eight documents and a new Appendix B (version 1.300 is included). An electronic version of Appendix B version 1.300 can be purchased separately for $595.

Current owners of the NMEA 2000 standard or owners of the NMEA 2000 Appendix B can download the new version Appendix B 1.300 for free.

Click here for the full release.

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