Many commercial operators of tugs, ferries, Coast Guard, and fishing vessels are aware of the benefits of upgrading from the older NMEA 0183 to the robust NMEA 2000 protocol.

A notable concern is the potential cost of the upgrade and determining if existing equipment must be replaced. Imagine if there was a way to keep your tried and true electronics and easily convert NMEA 0183 sentences to the powerful NMEA 2000 protocol. Look no further than award winning technology from Actisense backed by world renown product knowledge and technical support from Gemeco Marine Accessories (Gemeco).

Gemeco has proudly supplied Actisense NMEA specialty marine products to the U.S. market for the past 15 years. Having earned a solid reputation for exceptional knowledge of marine electronics, troubleshooting and premier support, Gemeco and Actisense have helped thousands of satisfied recreational boaters create state-of-the-art electrical systems onboard vessels of all types and sizes.

Actisense products deliver seamless integration of data from a vast array of existing electronics and creates a plug and play solution for installation of new equipment.

Peter Braffitt, General Manager, Gemeco Marine Accessories commented:

So many workboat operators in the U.S. have tiptoed around the idea of upgrading to NMEA 2000. And I get it…The thought of having to upgrade all your equipment – from engines to GPS, AIS, MFDs and chartplotters – is a daunting one. Fortunately, we’ve seen how effective the Actisense NGW-1 is in action. It effectively allows you to keep your existing electronics gear and intelligently converts all NMEA 0183 sentences into NMEA 2000. That data is then cleanly and easily transmitted around the vessel’s network and is even easier to log and analyze.

Phil Whitehurst, Actisense CEO, stated:

There are so many important benefits to upgrading to NMEA 2000. Rather than having individual devices (talkers) communicating singularly with one listener device, all devices are connected to a single network ‘backbone’. This makes communication between all devices  seamless, and installation of new equipment essentially plug & play. Not to mention that the data transfer speed (baud rate) is around 50 times faster than with NMEA 0183.

In addition to seamless plug and play operation, upgrading to NMEA 2000 offers:

Actisense and Gemeco have created a FREE eBook: “The Ultimate Guide to NMEA 2000”. Download the free guide for a complete overview of NMEA2000 including answers to your networking questions. 

Actisense and Gemeco — it’s what legends are made of.