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Old 20-03-2013, 06:46   #1
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AIS Application for ipad?

Before I purchase an ipad AIS application at random, I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with any of the aps available? Please, before I buy, let's hear the good, the bad, and the ugly on this. Our ipad 1 has a gps receiver built in and we've been using INavx very successfully.

Any feedback is appreciated.

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Old 20-03-2013, 07:31   #2
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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

How would you be receiving AIS onto your iPad?
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Old 20-03-2013, 10:18   #3
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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

If you are using a web based AIS app, you need to know that they can have delays of up to an hour.

I have Marine Traffic on a Galaxy SIII. I have not a delay of that length.
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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

iPads with 3G have a GPS receiver. The ones with WiFi only do not.

The best navigation app for the iPad is iNavX for $50.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inav...286616280?mt=8

More navigation apps for the iPad...
http://cdn.practical-sailor.com/medi...apps_ipad2.jpg

With nav apps you pretty much get what you pay for.
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Old 20-03-2013, 17:21   #5
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I think "BOAT BEACON " is best.

Almost real time

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Old 20-03-2013, 18:20   #6
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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

AIS applications are not "real" AIS. They'll only work while you have internet connectivity, and you're relying on someone else's AIS reciever which is connected to the web. The position of that reciever(s) may not be best suited to your own location.

So basically, it may be fine close to shore, or in harbours, but out at sea it won't work.
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Thanks follow up Almost real time means not real time

I tested on the sea near vessels cross my boat The data shows almost real time May be minutes level delay

Not real time true AIS, BUT it is usefull for make sure vessel name who cross near by

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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

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AIS applications are not "real" AIS. They'll only work while you have internet connectivity,
If there was a cheap useful way of getting the AIS onto the iPad then its fine, but none of the AIS units have Bluetooth or WIFI bits in them.
It's got to happen soon. Someone has to bring it out... It should be cheap.

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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

If your safety might depend on its accuracy, then I would get a real AIS and not a cellular connection based AIS website. If it's just a toy to keep you entertained then cellular based is no problem....and you don't even need an app for it. Just bring up marinetraffic.com.
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IPad Navigation is useful

But not to over depend on it


When you are costal, chart work using bearing compass is priority no1

iPad is just reference for navigation

It is Costal or Daysailing only , I think

But you need to pay only 1 or 2 USD for it

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I use ship finder works real time not dependent on cell towers. Works off the GPS in I phone or I pad.
Just wish there were an app to transmit my location
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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

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When you are costal, chart work using bearing compass is priority no1
I think that's a load of crap, but on the subject of the thread, one needs propper AIS on propper ECN chart plotters.
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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

Take a look at the easytrx 2 wifi, it is a wifi ais receiver that works with inavx. There is a receive only and a transponder version.
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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

Another option is the Digital Yacht iAIS ..

iAIS

iNavX will also connect to the FREE SiiTech AIS server which has coverage in many areas.
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Re: AIS Application for ipad?

Another approach, perhaps more along the lines of the OP's question, is to have a PC on the boat forward via either BlueTooth or Wifi the AIS packets, by using the free open source OpenCPN. The AIS packets would come from an AIS unit feeding your PC, or your VHF if it does it. The delay would be imperceptable, not dependent upon the internet.

This would work for any handheld, tablet, phone, android etc. that can accept the packets as long as the phone gets wifi or bluetooth and the app supports it.
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