SEVERNA PARK, Md. — Visitors to the METS trade fair in Amsterdam this November are invited to ConnectFest, a day-long live demonstration of NMEA 2000, an international plug and play system that allows marine electronic devices to “talk” to each other.
The NMEA 2000 network allows electronic devices to be added or removed from a “backbone” cable without affecting the operation of other equipment. NMEA 2000 is an international industry “open” standard, which means electronics, electronic engine controls, and power distribution produced by different manufacturers interoperate seamlessly on the NMEA 2000 network, as long as they have been certified to the NMEA 2000 Standard.
“This is the first time that we’re going live all day with the demonstration,” said Steve Spitzer, NMEA technical director, in a recent release from the NMEA. “It’s a fabulous opportunity for people to see how a working NMEA 2000 network operates – the ease and simplicity of installing, configuring and scaling it for various applications and vessel size. We’re grateful to METS for allowing us to take this important demonstration to the next level.”
Educational seminars discussing marine Automatic Identification Systems and Satellite Communications will also take place at ConnectFest.