It has been announced that Actisense have released the W2K-1, their NMEA 2000 WiFi Gateway with data logging technology that has the ability to record navigational and engine data. Like other devices on the market, the W2K-1 can transmit NMEA 2000 data using TCP and UPD while also offering support for conversion to NMEA 0183.
The W2K-1 also has a voyage data recorder (VDR). This means the device has the ability to log a wide variety of vessel data such as position, speed, course, depth, windspeed and engine data. All data received from the vessel is logged on the W2K-1's internal micro SD card, which can hold approximately 16 days of data. This data can then be used for later analysis of the voyage.
This logging functionality can be beneficial for a range of different uses. For example, race boat owners can analyse performance of their vessel following a competition, whilst boat owners can easily create digital logbooks, diagnose network issues or simply share their trip online.
Phil Whitehurst, CEO of Actisense, said: "Whilst there are several WiFi Gateway's on the market, we are thrilled to be leading the way when it comes to data logging through WiFi. As the way people consume technology continues to advance it's important that our marine electronics not only respond to but also anticipates these trends."
Lesley Keets, COO of Actisense, added: "There has been plenty of anticipation for the launch of the W2K-1 from our customers and marine electronic enthusiasts we have met at trade shows, such as METSTRADE 2018. We're so pleased to see this device launch and hope it proves useful as both a WiFi gateway and a data logging device."
First revealed as a prototype at the METSTRADE 2018, the W2K-1 has been in development for 18 months and the Actisense engineering team have been fine-tuning the device based on their customers feedback from 45 different countries.