Vesper Marine has released Cortex, what the company says is the world’s first marine VHF radio with wireless touchscreen handsets, built-in Class B SOTDMA smartAIS transponder and remote vessel monitoring.
“Innovation in AIS technology, touchscreen devices and vessel monitoring has skyrocketed in recent years, but marine VHF hasn’t kept pace and remains an anachronism,” said Jeff Robbins, CEO, Vesper Marine. “Cortex fundamentally changes how you interact with safety communication systems.”
Cortex alerts boaters to collision risks, providing key information about the potential threat and making it easy to communicate with them. For example, touching another vessel being displayed onscreen and pressing “call” makes a direct DSC call.
The radio continuously shows crossing situations, navigation light sectors and even allows trial maneuvers while a boater talks on the radio.
Carl Omundsen, Vesper Marine’s CTO said, “Cortex unleashes the full potential of VHF, AIS and DSC by combining them in a way that is both intuitive and super easy to use.”