According to the National Marine Electronics Association, so far in 2014, ten marine electronics manufacturers had received NMEA 2000 certification for 34 products.
NMEA 2000 is the CAN-based open industry network standard that permits electrical and electronic devices to communicate with each other. While some products on the market are identified as “NMEA 2000 compatible” or “NMEA 2000 compliant,” only those that are labeled NMEA 2000 Certified have met testing requirements for certification.
Manufacturers whose products have received certification since January 2014 include:
• BEP (CZone Interfaces: AC Mains, AC Output, Masterbus, Meter, Output, Signal)
• ComNav (G1 and G2 GNSS Satellite Compasses)
• EMMI Network (Alba Combi)
• Garmin (GPSMAP 820, 820xs, 840xs, 1020, 1020xs, 1040xs, GNX20, GNX21, GMI20, GHC20)
• Humminbird (RX AIS, TX AIS)
• Maretron (TSM800C, 1330C)
• McMurdo (SmartFind M5, M10)
• Simrad (GN70, GS70, MX610, MX612, MX575D, HS80A)
• Icom (M506)
• True Heading (Vector LITE MKIII, PRO MKIII)
“Manufacturers and boaters derive several benefits from products being certified,” said NMEA Technical Director Steve Spitzer. “First, they understand that the certification provides some level of assurance that the products will interoperate. Second, manufacturers have the capability to differentiate their product using the tools within the NMEA 2000 Standard and still be certified. This is a huge benefit for the boater.”
To be certified, a product must have at least one isolated interface that communicates using the hardware and higher-level protocols established in the NMEA 2000 Standard for Serial Data Networking of Marine Electronic Devices. The product must also pass the hardware and software tests identified in Appendix C of the NMEA 2000 Standard. Manufacturers self-certify the product and send an encrypted file to NMEA for validation.
There are more than 100 tests that target protocol-level requirements. Actual data that a manufacturer transmits or receives is not validated by NMEA. The test results must be submitted to and verified by NMEA, which issues a Product Certification upon payment of its required fees. There are currently 587 NMEA 2000 certified products.
A complete list of those products can be found at: www.nmea.org/content/nmea_standards/certified_produ.asp