The National Marine Electronics Association was recently accredited by the American National Standards Institute as a standards-developing organization.
NMEA is best known in standards development for its NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 standards that allow communication and networking of on-board marine electronics worldwide, as well as the NMEA Installation Standards that provide a frame of reference for proper and safe installation of electronics on vessels.
"The ANSI accreditation means a great deal in terms of the credibility of the NMEA standards to the marine industry on a global scale," NMEA technical director Steve Spitzer said in a statement. "The accreditation demonstrates that the NMEA has matured and has perfected a solid process for developing standards. This means that our processes are in line with ANSI requirements, which are recognized worldwide."
Currently, the North American recreational boating industry depends upon NMEA standards for installation and networking of on-board marine electronics. Increasingly, these standards are being used worldwide as more and more manufacturers build their marine electronics to an NMEA standard.
More than 35 manufacturers of marine electronics have certified nearly 100 products to the NMEA 2000 standard.