New Stuff: Vesper Marine XB-6000 Class B AIS Transponder
December 4, 2015
Vesper Marine has introduced a new Class B AIS, the XB-6000. This black box transponder includes a built-in NMEA 2000 gateway and GPS antenna that integrates AIS, GPS and NMEA instrument data to display vital safety information on any AIS-compatible chart plotter, multifunction display (MFD) or personal computer.
The sophisticated XB-6000 offers convenient access to AIS safety information instantaneously while on the water. The transponder is equipped with a built-in internal GPS antenna, eliminating the need to mount an external antenna in many installations. The XB-6000’s innovative GPS capabilities may be used as a vessel’s primary GPS source for all chart plotters and MFDs, simplifying installation and usability. To enhance navigation on chart plotters and MFDs, the GPS features high-speed navigation at 5 Hz, providing smooth, accurate tracks.
Further streamlining onboard space management, the XB-6000 is a compact system with all cable connections made within the footprint of the device, eliminating protruding cable ends and ensuring an orderly and easier-to-maintain installation.
The waterproof XB-6000 is rated IPx7 or submersible to 1 meter for 30 minutes. Configuration and troubleshooting are easy using free PC and MAC software. Galvanic isolated USB and NMEA ports protect the transponder and connected equipment against damage. The unit simplifies maintenance tasks with self diagnosis status lights indicating the state of the AIS transponder, GPS and antenna quality. Vesper Marine’s AIS transponders also include the latest advances in global positioning technology, including support for international Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS), Wide Area Augmentation Systems (WAAS) and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS)—resulting in extremely accurate location information.