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NMEA to hold technical sessions at IBEX


The National Marine Electronics Association will offer technical sessions at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference that detail on-board connectivity, networking options, NMEA 2000 cabling and NMEA OneNet, the new marine Ethernet standard. The group said it will also have a full-day Basic Marine Electronics Installer Training Super Session.

The installer session will take place on Monday, Oct. 1 (the day before IBEX officially opens) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The introductory course defines competent installation practices and is tailored to installers, product designers, surveyors and others. Included in the course fee are the current NMEA 0400 Installation Standard, instructional materials and lunch. The trainer is John Barry of Technical Marine Support.

The On-board Connectivity and Vessel Networking Options course will take place Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 2 to 3 p.m. It will cover communication options for leisure and commercial vessels to stay connected 24/7 via Wi-Fi, cellular and satellite, along with an in-depth review of on-board multisource networking best practices. It will also focus on how IoT (Internet of Things) technologies will impact the connected vessel and connectivity trends emerging from the helm and other ship systems. Speakers are Jeff Graham, of Wave Wi-Fi, and Phil Gaynor, of Navico.

NMEA 2000 Cabling for Boatbuilders takes place Oct. 2 from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m. It will cover cable requirements that comply with the NMEA Installation Standard, including tips with cable length limitations, cable types, where to install power insertion points, drop cable limitations and termination resistors. The speaker is John Barry, of Technical Marine Support.

The NMEA OneNet: The Marine Ethernet Standard will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 2 to 3:00 p.m. Internet-based functions are becoming increasingly popular on vessels, and many electronics manufacturers are using Ethernet. NMEA will soon release its OneNet standard, based on Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) and Ethernet IEEE 802.3.

OneNet has 11 interconnected modules and addresses cybersecurity via robust security modules containing message authentication, encryption and certification verification. The speaker is Steve Spitzer, NMEA’s director of standards.

The lineup of technical educational seminars during IBEX includes more than 50 sessions. They range from advanced marine coatings to 3D-printed production tooling. IBEX takes place Oct. 2-4 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.


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