Airmar® Technology’s NMEA 2000® certified SmartBoat® system is a highly scalable and easily configured management solution for all marine-sensor protocols and network types. Multiple analog sensors of nearly any type, regardless of their protocol, can be directly connected to SmartBoat modules where their data is converted to NMEA 2000 and delivered to the network and MFDs. A broad range of analog sensor types, such as thermistors, resistive senders, binary switches, relays, run detectors and more, are all easily connected without the need for expensive, proprietary sensor translation modules or the purchase of replacement sensors, which can drive the cost of alternative upgrade paths out of the reach of most customers.
The SmartBoat system is the easiest, most cost-effective method of integrating existing sensor data with a newly upgraded, modern helm. At the same time, the SmartBoat system provides the ability to easily configure a vessel’s sensors, including the setup of alerts and preventative actions. Every SmartBoat module includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NMEA 2000 capabilities, while advanced modules also include secondary network (NMEA 2000, J1939 or diesel fuel monitors), ethernet, and USB 2.0 capabilities. In addition, all modules include the built-in browser-based software, SmartFlex™ View, which uses intuitive, menu-driven guidance to lead installers through the setup, customization and control of each sensor on the network. One significant advantage it delivers is the ability to see devices and their PGN messages being transmitted on the network, without a gateway or additional software.
Another unique benefit of the SmartBoat system is its highly configurable “do X when Y happens” alerting system. SmartFlex View enables the easy configuration of custom alerts and preventative actions taken by the system, which can be set based on user-defined sensor parameters. For example, an alarm can be sent when a bilge pump runs for longer than a set period, or a transfer pump can be actuated when one tank hits a certain level.
Sensor systems today undoubtedly deliver important data. However, Airmar’s SmartBoat system has taken sensor management to the next level, not only by enabling the reuse of currently installed sensors during an upgrade, thereby providing significant cost savings, but also by giving vessel operators the ability to automate critical preventative actions that deliver immeasurable safety and efficiency to a vessel.
The SmartBoat System is available now from Gemeco Marine Accessories.