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Traffic Updates On The Seven Seas: Open Source Chart Plotter Using A Raspberry Pi

As the Raspberry Pi in its quite a lot of paperwork continues to float into the wild through the 1000’s, it’s fascinating to look its consumer base enlarge out of doors past the hacker communities. One staff of people that’ve additionally began taking a liking to it’s crusing lovers. [James Conger] is one such sailor, and he constructed his personal AIS enabled chart plotter for a fragment of the cost of related industrial gadgets.

AIS transponders within the Mediterranean. VesselFinder

Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a GPS monitoring gadget that makes use of transponders to transmit a boat’s place knowledge to different ships or receiver stations in a space. This is used for collision avoidance and through government (and hobbyists) to keep watch over delivery visitors, and make allowance for troubled vessels to be discovered simply. [James]’ DIY chart plotter overlays the gained AIS knowledge over marine charts on a pleasant giant show. A Raspberry Pi 3B+, AIS Receiver Hat, USB GPS dongle and a makes up the core of the gadget. The whole setup price about $350. The Pi runs OpenCPN, an open supply chart plotter and navigation tool package deal that [John] says is competitors maximum industrial tool. As maximum Pi customers will know the SD card is regularly a susceptible hyperlink, so it’s most probably value having a backup SD card with all of the tool already put in simply in case it fails all over a voyage.

We’ve noticed AIS receiver stations constructed the use of the RTL-SDR, in addition to plenty of tasks across the AIS identical in aviation, ADS-B. Check out [John]’s video after the wreck.

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