Vesper Marine gains approval for transponder

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Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, said it has received FCC approval for its collision-avoidance display, the AIS WatchMate 850 Class B Transponder.

"We are delighted to achieve this very important milestone for the global launch of the WatchMate 850," said Jeff Robbins, the co-founder of New Zealand-based Vesper Marine. "Demand has been building in North America since we announced the product in September, and with this FCC approval we can now begin filling orders for our U.S. customers."

A compact and self-contained device, the WatchMate 850 offers an easy-to-read display, button-driven menus, a built-in GPS antenna and a Class B AIS transponder. The system transmits a boat's name, size, position, speed and course over AIS channels while displaying the information boaters need to interpret potential hazards and react accordingly.

The WatchMate 850 has been selling in Europe and Asia Pacific since the beginning of November.

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