Simrad’s new V3100 Class B AIS was developed to meet the needs of light commercial vessels and workboats operating in high-traffic area. It’s made with Self-Organized Time-Division Multiple Access technology and increased output power to provide improved transmission reliability and range.
Simrad calls the V3100 “a cost-effective package for vessels that require greater performance than standard Class B AIS, but do not require a full Class A solution.”
The V3100 incorporates the same SOTDMA technology found in Class A systems. The transmission technology allows the AIS solution to negotiate a regular transmission timeslot with other AIS units in range. This facilitates more frequent and reliable position updates in areas with high AIS activity such as crowded harbors and waterways. The V3100 has a maximum transmission power of five watts, which is more than double the output power of standard Class B systems. It lets a vessel be detected at a greater range and provides more reliable transmission to satellite-based AIS receives.
The new unit is designed to work with Simrad multifunction displays and other NMEA 2000 or NMEA 0183 connected marine electronics. Retail price for the V3100 is $1,099.