Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 is the world's only black box transponder with built-in smartAIS alarms. Get alerted with the external audible alarm included with the XB-8000 that sounds if it detects a risk in case of potential collisions, dragging anchor or man overboard situations. The alarm sounds even if your MFD or mobile device is switched off.
Complete Class B AIS Transponder
Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 is a Class B AIS transponder with a two channel parallel receiver and transmitter. It transmits your vessel position and details and receives the same kind of information from other vessels with AIS transponders.
The AIS data is sent every few seconds and includes information such as course, speed, latitude, longitude, and heading. Static information about the vessel is sent every few minutes and includes the name, type of vessel, length, beam, draft, etc.
Unlike normal AIS which send and receive AIS data, Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 has smartAIS which is an active system with smart alarm logic that alerts you rapidly to potential dangers.
smartAIS includes these three powerful features:
- Safety Underway. This alerts you when smartAIS detects a potential collision.
- Safety at Anchor. If your anchor drags, smartAIS will let you know immediately.
- Safety for your Crew. If someone falls overboard, smartAIS not only alerts you, it also provides their location so you can pick them up quickly.
It means you can focus on enjoying your time on the water, knowing smartAIS is always keeping watch in the background and is ready to alert you the moment it detects an unwanted event.
Safety Underway – Collision Avoidance
Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 proactively alerts you when you have potential collision situations.
It combines GPS data such as position, course and speed along with AIS data and smart alert logic to continually determine safety implications and alert you. It computes the closest point of approach and time until the closest point of approach and triggers alarms to warn you of vessels posing a threat.
smartAIS computes the closest point of approach and time until CPA. A CPA alarm is triggered if a vessel will come too close in terms of CPA and the alarm is prioritised by TCPA.
Alarms are presented in priority order of collision risk.
Bearing and Range
Computes the bearing and range to each vessel. Bearing can be displayed in magnetic to facilitate easy visual identification using your compass and binoculars. Bearings can alternatively be displayed in true degrees.
Sounds alarm if any vessel comes within the specified range. Both CPA alarms and guard alarms may be used together.
Choose from multiple profiles according to the current situation (Offshore, Coastal, Harbor or Anchored) and the profile defines the distance notifications for alarms.
Safety at Anchor – Anchor Watch
Every boater knows that being at anchor is no guarantee of total safety. In particular, anchors can drag without those on board being aware. Thanks to Anchor Watch, however, you can be safer and sleep well at night. That’s because Anchor Watch sounds the alarm if you drift outside a zone defined around your anchor position. Activate the anchor watch when you drop the anchor using either a wired switch or your smartphone or smartwatch remotely from the windlass or anywhere on-board.
Move Anchor Position
If your Anchor position needs fine-tuning after you have marked it, you can do that with the Move Anchor Position.
Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 plots your position in relation to the anchor and marks your positions over time for easy visual identification if you are dragging.
Safety for your Crew: Man Overboard (MOB) alarm
Vesper WatchMate XB-8000’s Man Overboard (MOB) alarm sounds the alarm you the instant somebody goes over the side and activates his AIS MOB device. The Alarm clearly identifies the MOB on the display screen and gives you the location, bearing and range of the person for quick retrieval. It also provides continuous updates of position, bearing and range.
WiFi connectivity on board
Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 has built-in Wi-Fi. You can securely connect up to 5 other devices simultaneously. You can have a wireless connection to your laptop, smartphone and tablet.
AIS data, GPS and Navigation instrument data over WiFi
Besides AIS data, GPS and NMEA instrument data can be shared with all your mobile devices and laptops. This is exclusive to Vesper Marine smartAIS transponders. Manage your vessel’s navigation, set and monitor alarms or take decisive action from anywhere on-board using your mobile device.
Connect Wirelessly to Other Devices Using WiFi 802.11 b/g
Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 provides dual WiFi configuration as either a secure Access Point supporting up to five other devices simultaneously or connected to an existing router providing WiFi expansion capability to unlimited devices.
Certified NMEA 2000 Gateway
Translates NMEA 2000 instrument data (heading, wind, depth, speed, log, temperature) and routes to mobile devices over WiFi, USB or NMEA 0183 for supporting plotters
Over WiFi, USB
All NMEA 2000 navigation data is combined with GPS and AIS data and sent simultaneously to up to five WiFi devices (tablets, smart phones, computers) as well as computers via USB. Display and use this data in your navigation applications such as NavPlay, iNavX or SEAiq on an iPad. Or use Android apps and Windows or Mac navigation software.
To NMEA 0183 instruments
Integrate chart plotters, MFDs and radars using NMEA 0183 to your NMEA2000 navigation network using Vesper WatchMate XB-8000.
High resolution GPS
Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 is equipped with a fast 5Hz GPS navigation and update rate. This provides greater detail and higher resolution plotting. Displays GPS satellite status and navigation data such as your position, course and speed viewed from the My Vessel screen.
GPS source for navigation network
Use it as a source of GPS data on a NMEA 2000 network which means you do not need an additional GPS antenna. View GPS data on your plotter or MFD, with higher resolution and smoother tracks even during high speed maneuvers.
External GPS Antenna
An external GPS antenna connection is provided with the WatchMate XB-8000.
Alarm Profile Management on WatchMate App
Monitor your Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 on a tablet or smartphone using the free Vesper Marine WatchMate App. View and update your vessel information, monitor AIS data, navigation information and GPS status from anywhere on board. Be alerted of potential risk situations to take decisive action. More than a simple mobile AIS viewer, you can also remotely control alerts, alarms and transponder settings.
AIS-equipped vessels can be viewed on an easy to use radar plotting screen.
Instant Target Acquisition
The WatchMate App is the only mobile app with instant identification of other vessels. All other apps and MFDs take time for AIS targets to appear, but the WatchMate app takes advantage of unique NMEA gateway capabilities of your Vesper WatchMate XB-8000, so it displays all received vessel information the instant you start the app.
Activate the Anchor Watch on your Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 from anywhere on your boat. Monitor your position relative to the anchor location on your Apple or Android phone or tablet and receive alarms wherever you are on board.
In addition, the Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 is supported by a growing set of third-party mobile apps and Vesper often post reviews of iOS and Android apps for compatibility and features. Interact with applications such as NavPlay, iNavX, SEAiq and iRegatta on iPad, WatchMate, droidAIS, Sailtracker and iRegatta on Android tablets or your favorite navigation software on computer (Windows or Mac). Learn more about third party apps
When you buy a Vesper WatchMate XB-8000, you get not just a product, but an extendable AIS platform.
Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 has an upgradeable AIS platform, designed to be compatible with a continuous stream of feature updates. You can automatically update your Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 with the latest firmware using your smartphone or tablet and the WatchMate App. Or online at support.vespermarine.com.
Some of the innovative features of Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 include:
- It incorporates Vesper Marine’s new multiprocessor architecture for fast performance and includes dedicated AIS processors ensuring reliable, instant AIS data acquisition.
- Easy installation: Just plug in a VHF antenna and connect to 12-24 VDC. Vesper WatchMate XB-8000’s low power consumption that keeps it always on, always visible, always watching.
- The Vesper WatchMate XB-8000 is water proof (IPx7).
- Galvanically isolated USB port ensures the transponder and any connected equipment (e.g. laptops) are always protected against damage and can be used at any time.