I wrote the Boat Beacon internet AIS
app for Android and iPhone
after a near miss with a dredger. It uses live real time AIS
feeds from around the world, many of the receivers and aerials I have paid for myself, other feeds are kindly provided by volunteers. The coverage is pretty good around the coasts world-wide.
I was wondering if there would be any interest from the OpenCPN
users out there for a live internet NMEA
AIS feed via my app? Boat Beacon could provide a local UDP or TCP port for OpenCPN
to connect to (just as you would for an AIS over WiFi
or lan cable). Boat Beacon itself will be getting the AIS data from my server and then relaying it over TCP/UDP to OpenCPN.
Just a thought. Hopefully I will not be shot down in flames for suggesting this.....