Because the Raspberry Pi in its numerous types continues to movement into the wild by the hundreds, it’s fascinating to see its person base increase outdoors past the hacker communities. One group of people that’ve additionally began taking a liking to it’s crusing fans. [James Conger] is one such sailor, and he constructed his personal AIS enabled chart plotter for a fraction of the worth of comparable business models.
Computerized Identification System (AIS) is a GPS monitoring system that makes use of transponders to transmit a ship’s place information to different ships or receiver stations in an space. That is used for collision avoidance and by authorities (and hobbyists) to regulate transport visitors, and permit for stricken vessels to be discovered simply. [James]’ DIY chart plotter overlays the acquired AIS information over marine charts on a pleasant large show. A Raspberry Pi 3B+, AIS Receiver Hat, USB GPS dongle and a makes up the core of the system. All the setup value about $350. The Pi runs OpenCPN, an open supply chart plotter and navigation software program package deal that [John] says is rivals most business software program. As most Pi customers will know the SD card is usually a weak hyperlink, so it’s in all probability value having a backup SD card with all of the software program already put in simply in case it fails throughout a voyage.