iNavX Brings AIS Live Coverage To Mobile Devices
San Francisco, Calif.- iNavX, the benchmark mobile marine navigation application, announced today the launch of iNavX AIS Live.
Available on both iOS and Android versions of iNavX, iNavX AIS Live connects a user’s mobile device to the AIS Live global network of antennas. Real-time ship movements are broadcast to the iNavX app and overlaid directly on the chart. Offering boaters peace of mind, AIS Live provides instant access to AIS data; making ships in the immediate vicinity visible without the need for a radar or AIS transponder.
“Adding AIS functionality without the need for a transponder is something truly distinctive and a key differentiator for us,”said Shaun Steingold, CEO, NavX Studios. “The benefit this functionality gives boaters is incredible. We are offering our users the same peace of mind as a multifunction display networked with an AIS transponder. These devices together cost thousands of dollars, and generally have to be installed by a professional. Now, iNavX lets you tap a button and you get AIS data overlaid on your favorite chart with no installation or other equipment needed.”
iNavX AIS Live’s growing network coverage extends from Europe to North America, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Far East with more antenna stations added all the time. The iNavX AIS Live overlay requires a data connection to connect to the service, either via a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. The radius of the AIS data provided is 30 nautical miles from the device position or selected waypoint.
A handheld solution for marine navigation, iNavX allows users to find their location using the mobile device’s GPS, as well as plotting course, bearing and waypoints. The app includes access to the broadest collection of charts from leading chart providers including Navionics, Fugawi, NV Charts, Explorer and Waterway Guide. Theyr Weather, an optional service, provides a slick graphical overlay for all weather information that any mariner would want. GRIB forecasts and weather overlays can easily be downloaded and displayed on the app as well.
iNavX is available from the App Store for USD$49.99. iNavX is available as a free download for Android devices that includes basic chart and location services. iNavX Android Pro, a premium service of enhanced navigational features such as setting waypoints, routes and tracking is available for USD$59.99 per year. Chart purchases vary by provider and region ranging from USD$19.99 to USD$249.99. iNavX AIS Live is available for USD$99.99 per year. For more information on iNavX, contact [email protected]or visit www.inavx.com.
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I think it’s worth noting that iNavX was maybe the first app to support AIS target overlay using your boat’s transponder or AIS receiver and some device to put the target data on WiFi, which it still does quite well. Note the supported devices here:
So the new iNAVx AIS Live is about overlaying AIS targets collected by shore stations and aggregated to a site like Marine Traffic (which may be the data supplier, though that’s not stated). It’s easy to setup for sure, but it will not work unless your mobile device is online and there’s also a receiving station in your area.
Very disappointed in the new AIS overlay. Information about the vessels is inadequate. We need to know the name and type of vessel. Other internet based AIS programs provide this as well, in some cases pictures of the vessel. Refresh rates are slow also. I am a big fan of iNavX. This new app is disappointing. IPad and iPhone user