NMEA Releases Updated 0183 Standard

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced that it has updated its NMEA 0183 standard to improve boating safety and navigation. NMEA standards enable the interfacing of marine electronics.

The update, Version 4.10, replaces Version 4.00, which was created in 2008. The new version is backward compatible to Version 2.00.

According to the NMEA, Version 4.10 improves and expands NMEA 0183's electronic communications for navigation and communication devices including Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS).

"For over 30 years, the NMEA has developed and maintained standards that are essential to the marine electronics industry all around the world,' said Bruce Angus, NMEA interim executive director. "Technology and usage of electronics change quickly, and the NMEA staff, in conjunction with a group of dependable industry professionals, ensure that the standards updates keep pace to meet the needs, performance, and safety requirements of millions of boaters and commercial mariners.'

NMEA 0183 Version 4.10 can be downloaded from www.nmea.org. NMEA members can purchase the updated standard at a reduced price.