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Description

AIS receiver and display using just your Android device.

Boat Beacon is the only Marine AIS ship tracking app to provide Collision Detection, use real-time data and share your own boat’s position with other internet AIS users.

Specifically designed for use on the water, as well as showing all the Ships around you on a chart, Boat Beacon uniquely provides Bearing, Range and Closest Point of Approach (CPA) calculations in addition to AIS ship information. Transmits as well as receives internet AIS and is the only app that continuously monitors CPA, notifying if potential collisions are detected even when the app is in the background.

Key Features
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Receives and sends AIS ship data in real-time via the internet. No VHF AIS receiver, transponder or aerial required.

Over the horizon Collision and SART detection (30 miles radius) using continuous Closest Point of Approach (CPA) calculations - highlights boats that are on a potential collision course and alarms even when the app is in the background.

Provides Bearing and Distance information to other boats in addition to AIS information like speed, course, location, name, length etc. Shows you a track of the boats most recent voyage.

Share your live position, speed course and destination. People can follow you using Boat Beacon or our free Boat Watch app and on leading internet AIS systems like MarineTraffic and Ship Finder. Transmit also works continuously in the background when enabled.

Live Map view with compass overlay which rotates with you so you can look in the direction of the ships on the map to locate them. You can also tilt the map to get a 3D perspective by dragging upwards with two fingers.

NOAA US and UKHO Marine Charts (IAP required)

Extensive details on other ships including Photos.

Search for boats or places by name or MMSI.

Share your track and position with friends and family instantly and in real time via email, Twitter and Facebook etc.

Arm all the crews in a race with Boat Beacon and have real time updates on the race positions. Watch the action back in the Club-house too on a large screen with Boat Beacon's TV/Video Out support

VHF AIS with RTL-SDR and AIS Share app.

Local NMEA AIS via Wifi and USB.

Boat Beacon requires internet access to work. Most popular coastal areas around the world including the US and UK have mobile data access (2G or better) extending 12 or more miles out to sea.

Requirements:
Android Smartphone or Tablet with GPS.
Internet connection.

You do not need an MMSI to use Boat Beacon and you can be seen on Boat Beacon by other Boat Beacon users without having one. However if you want to be seen on Global AIS systems like Marine Traffic, Ship Finder and AIS Hub, etc. then you will need to have and use an MMSI number. If you don't have an MMSI for your boat you can obtain a free one in the US by visiting http://www.boatus.com/mmsi (the USCG approved agent) and using their online form. Alternatively email us for a free internet MMSI number.

Please note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

AIS Ship data is provided by a network of voluntary AIS shore based stations. Some areas may not have AIS coverage.

N.B. This is not an AIS transponder. You will not be visible to other ships on their AIS systems unless they also use data from the same land based AIS networks.

NOT FOR NAVIGATION
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful. Boat Beacon should only be used for basic navigation reference and should not be solely relied upon to determine precise locations, proximity, distance, or direction.

 Free in Google Play

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched May 14, 2014 (over 4 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 3 months, on average.

Oct 29
2018
(Current)
Version 2.21

NOAA, UK & IE Raster charts via IAP - charts now cached on device for offline use and backup.
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation and SART display
Quark AIS receivers support added for all devices ( A021,23,24,26,27,31 & 32)
External AIS support (http://pocketmariner.com/boat-beacon-now-supports-ais-direct-from-a-vhf-ais-receiver-too/) , tested with DigitalYacht, McMurdo, WeatherDock, dAISy, quark-elec, EmTrak and RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 )..

Oct 10
2018
Version 2.19

NOAA, UK & IE Raster charts via IAP - charts now cached on device for offline use and backup.
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation and SART display
Quark AIS receivers support added for all devices ( A021,23,26,27,31 & 32)
External AIS support (http://pocketmariner.com/boat-beacon-now-supports-ais-direct-from-a-vhf-ais-receiver-too/) , tested with DigitalYacht, McMurdo, WeatherDock, dAISy, quark-elec, EmTrak and RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 )..

Oct 08
2018
Version 2.15

NOAA, UK & IE Raster charts via IAP - charts now cached on device for offline use and backup.
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation and SART display
Quark AIS receivers support added for all devices ( A021,23,26,27,31 & 32)
External AIS support (http://pocketmariner.com/boat-beacon-now-supports-ais-direct-from-a-vhf-ais-receiver-too/) , tested with DigitalYacht, McMurdo, WeatherDock, dAISy, quark-elec, EmTrak and RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 ).

Jun 24
2018
Version 2.10

Quark AIS receivers support added for all devices ( A021,23,26,27,31 & 32)
NOAA, UK & IE Raster charts via IAP
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation and SART display
External AIS support (http://pocketmariner.com/boat-beacon-now-supports-ais-direct-from-a-vhf-ais-receiver-too/) , tested with DigitalYacht, McMurdo, WeatherDock, dAISy, quark-elec, EmTrak and RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 ).

Jan 10
2018
Version 2.9.14

NOAA, UK & IE Raster charts via IAP
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation and SART display
External AIS support (http://pocketmariner.com/boat-beacon-now-supports-ais-direct-from-a-vhf-ais-receiver-too/) , tested with DigitalYacht, McMurdo, WeatherDock, dAISy, quark-elec, EmTrak and RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 ).
Can now upload photo for your boat directly from the application.
Fixed latitude and longitude display size on the ruler

Dec 11
2017
Version 2.9.12

UK & IE Raster charts IAP
NOAA Charts (IAP)
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation
VHF AIS with AIS Share support for RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 )
dAISy external AIS ( https://www.tindie.com/products/astuder/daisy-ais-receiver )
quark-elec external AIS support
EmTrak external AIS support
Can now upload photo for your boat directly from the application.
Fixed latitude and longitude display size on the ruler

Aug 13
2017
Version 2.9.11

UK & IE Raster charts IAP
NOAA Charts (IAP)
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation
VHF AIS with AIS Share support for RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 )
dAISy external AIS ( https://www.tindie.com/products/astuder/daisy-ais-receiver )
quark-elec external AIS support
EmTrak external AIS support
Can now upload photo for your boat directly from the application.

Jan 23
2017
Version 2.9.10

UK & IE Raster charts IAP
NOAA Charts (IAP)
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation
VHF AIS with AIS Share support for RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 )
dAISy external AIS ( https://www.tindie.com/products/astuder/daisy-ais-receiver )
quark-elec external AIS support
Ship names now always displayed to make it easier to spot ships.
Can now upload photo for your boat directly from the application.
Fix for sailing mode crash on Android Marshmallow (6)

Jan 19
2017
Version 2.9.9

UK & IE Raster charts IAP
NOAA Charts (IAP)
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation
VHF AIS with AIS Share support for RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 )
dAISy external AIS ( https://www.tindie.com/products/astuder/daisy-ais-receiver )
quark-elec external AIS support
Ship names now always displayed to make it easier to spot ships.
Can now upload photo for your boat directly from the application.
Fix for sailing mode crash on Android Marshmallow (6)

Oct 10
2016
Version 2.9.8

UK & IE Raster charts IAP
NOAA Charts (IAP)
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation
VHF AIS with AIS Share support for RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 )
dAISy external AIS ( https://www.tindie.com/products/astuder/daisy-ais-receiver )
quark-elec external AIS support
Ship names now always displayed to make it easier to spot ships.
Can now upload photo for your boat directly from the application.
Fix for sailing mode crash on Android Marshmallow (6)

Sep 27
2016
Version 2.9.7

UK & IE Raster charts IAP
NOAA Charts (IAP)
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation
VHF AIS with AIS Share support for RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 )
dAISy external AIS ( https://www.tindie.com/products/astuder/daisy-ais-receiver )
Ship names now always displayed to make it easier to spot ships.
Can now upload photo for your boat directly from the application.

Apr 12
2016
Version 2.9.5

UK & IE Raster charts IAP
NOAA Charts (IAP)
Map tilt - 3D perspective
Tracks for other ships
Aids To Navigation
VHF AIS with AIS Share support for RTL-SDR ( http://pocketmariner.com/?p=1640 )
dAISy external AIS ( https://www.tindie.com/products/astuder/daisy-ais-receiver )
Ship names now always displayed to make it easier to spot ships.
Can now upload photo for your boat directly from the application.

Mar 23
2016
Version 2.9.4

Mar 10
2016
Version 2.9.3

Mar 08
2016
Version 2.9.2

Mar 04
2016
Version 2.9.1

Mar 03
2016
Version 2.8.3

Jan 19
2015
Version 2.8.2

See and be seen on your boat in Coastal and Inland waters using just your Android phone or tablet - Boat Beacon is the only Marine AIS ship plotting app to share your boat’s position, provide Collision Detection and use real-time data.

Specifically designed for use on the water, BoatBeacon uniquely provides Bearing, Range and Closest Point of Approach (CPA) calculations in addition to AIS ship information. Uses up-to-the-second AIS feeds unlike other apps which can be a minute or more behind real time. Transmits as well as receives AIS and is the only app that continuously monitors CPA, notifying if potential collisions are detected even when the app is in the background.


Outstanding ★★★★★


“An outstanding app, with great potential. Both interesting to use and very user friendly. This could be a life saver. Everyone who goes on the water should have this on and use it!” Sundream


Key Features
------------
Receives AIS ship data in real-time. No VHF AIS receiver, transponder or aerial required.


Over the horizon Collision, SART and MoB detection (30 miles radius) using continuous Closest Point of Approach (CPA) calculations - highlights boats that are on a potential collision course and alarms.


Provides Bearing and Distance information to other boats in addition to AIS information like speed, course, location, name, length etc.


Continually calculates and alarms CPA even when the app is in the background.


Option to Transmit your boats position, speed and heading to Global AIS Systems and other Boat Beacon users. Transmit also works continuously in the background too when enabled.


Live Map view with compass overlay which rotates with you so you can look in the direction of the ships on the map to locate them.


Extensive details on other ships - including Photos.


Search for boats or places nearby or worldwide by name or MMSI.


Share your track and position with friends and family instantly and in real time via email, Twitter and Facebook etc.


People can also follow you on Boat Beacon and leading AIS systems like MarineTraffic, ShipFinder and AIS Hub which have free web viewers available.


Also supports NMEA AIS via Wifi and USB.


Arm all the crews in a race with Boat Beacon and have real time updates on the race positions and have the Club-house watch too on a large screen with Boat Beacon's TV/Video Out support


Keep a watch and in touch with other boats in your flotilla when sailing in a group.


Ideal for busy and popular harbours, ports and coastal areas upto 15 miles out to sea.


Boat Beacon requires internet access to work. Most popular coastal areas in the US have cellular data access extending 12 or more miles out to sea. The UK has nearly complete coastal coverage out to 12 miles.


Requirements:
Android Smartphone or Tablet with GPS.
Internet connection.


You do not need an MMSI to use Boat Beacon and you can be seen on Boat Beacon by other Boat Beacon users without having one. However if you want to be seen on Global AIS systems like Marine Traffic, Ship Finder and AIS Hub, etc. then you will need to have and use an MMSI number. If you don't have an MMSI for your boat you can obtain a free one in the US in a few minutes by visiting http://www.boatus.com/mmsi (the USCG approved agent) and using their online form. Alternatively email us for a free internet MMSI number.


Please note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.


AIS Ship data is provided by a network of voluntary AIS shore based stations. Some areas may not have AIS coverage.


N.B. This is not an AIS transponder. You will not be visible to other ships on their AIS systems unless they also use data from the same land based AIS networks.



NOT FOR NAVIGATION


This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful. Boat Beacon should only be used for basic navigation reference and should not be solely relied upon to determine precise locations, proximity, distance, or direction.

Oct 16
2014
Version 2.8.1

See and be seen on your boat in Coastal and Inland waters using just your Android phone or tablet - Boat Beacon is the only Marine AIS ship plotting app to share your boat’s position, provide Collision Detection and use real-time data.

Specifically designed for use on the water, BoatBeacon uniquely provides Bearing, Range and Closest Point of Approach (CPA) calculations in addition to AIS ship information. Uses up-to-the-second AIS feeds unlike other apps which can be a minute or more behind real time. Transmits as well as receives AIS and is the only app that continuously monitors CPA, notifying if potential collisions are detected even when the app is in the background.


Outstanding ★★★★★


“An outstanding app, with great potential. Both interesting to use and very user friendly. This could be a life saver. Everyone who goes on the water should have this on and use it!” Sundream


Key Features
------------
Receives AIS ship data in real-time. No VHF AIS receiver, transponder or aerial required.


Over the horizon Collision, SART and MoB detection (30 miles radius) using continuous Closest Point of Approach (CPA) calculations - highlights boats that are on a potential collision course and alarms.


Provides Bearing and Distance information to other boats in addition to AIS information like speed, course, location, name, length etc.


Continually calculates and alarms CPA even when the app is in the background.


Option to Transmit your boats position, speed and heading to Global AIS Systems and other Boat Beacon users. Transmit also works continuously in the background too when enabled.


Live Map view with compass overlay which rotates with you so you can look in the direction of the ships on the map to locate them.


Extensive details on other ships - including Photos.


Search for boats or places nearby or worldwide by name or MMSI.


Share your track and position with friends and family instantly and in real time via email, Twitter and Facebook etc.


People can also follow you on Boat Beacon and leading AIS systems like MarineTraffic, ShipFinder and AIS Hub which have free web viewers available.


Also supports NMEA AIS via Wifi and USB.


Arm all the crews in a race with Boat Beacon and have real time updates on the race positions and have the Club-house watch too on a large screen with Boat Beacon's TV/Video Out support


Keep a watch and in touch with other boats in your flotilla when sailing in a group.


Ideal for busy and popular harbours, ports and coastal areas upto 15 miles out to sea.


Boat Beacon requires internet access to work. Most popular coastal areas in the US have cellular data access extending 12 or more miles out to sea. The UK has nearly complete coastal coverage out to 12 miles. AIS Ship data is provided by a network of voluntary AIS shore based stations. Some areas may not have AIS coverage.


N.B. This is not an AIS transponder. You will not be visible to other ships on their AIS systems unless they also use data from the same land based AIS networks.


Requirements:
Android Smartphone or Tablet with GPS.
Internet connection.


You do not need an MMSI to use Boat Beacon and you can be seen on Boat Beacon by other Boat Beacon users without having one. However if you want to be seen on Global AIS systems like Marine Traffic, ShipFinder and AIS Hub, etc. then you will need to have and use an MMSI number. If you don't have an MMSI for your boat you can obtain a free one in the US in a few minutes by visiting http://www.boatus.com/mmsi (the USCG approved agent) and using their online form. Alternatively email us for a free internet MMSI number.


Please note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.


NOT FOR NAVIGATION


This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful. Boat Beacon should only be used for basic navigation reference and should not be solely relied upon to determine precise locations, proximity, distance, or direction.

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