AIS Q&A's

Q&A's

Please review our Q&A’s section below, which lists some of the more common questions we are asked specifically about AIS. If you don’t find an answer then please contact us directly at [email protected], or complete the form at the bottom of this page.

  • WHO ARE EM-TRAK?

    We are the world’s largest and most established brand of AIS transceivers. Our products are the choice of professional mariners worldwide with most Navy and marine emergency services using em-trak products due to their proven field performance and robust reliability. We supply transceivers globally and have a growing network of over 1,000 dealers.

     

    We are owned by SRT Marine Systems who are the global leaders in AIS technology since 1987 and provide em-trak with all our technologies and products which are entirely developed and manufactured in Europe and certified to the highest standards in the USA and Europe for worldwide use.

  • CAN I CONNECT AN EM-TRAK AIS TO MY TABLET?

    All em-trak AIS transceivers will connect to your tablet and any navigation application you are using – please note that you must have a navigation application running on your tablet. This will enable you to see AIS targets on your screen. How you physically connect to your tablet depends on you, some em-trak devices have blue-tooth and wifi and so you can connect wirelessly and using a cable, others don’t and so it’s just a simple cable.

     

    If you aren’t sure just ask us.

  • CAN I CONNECT AN EM-TRAK AIS TO MY CHART PLOTTER?

    Yes. All em-trak AIS transceivers will connect to your chart plotter – no matter what make or model. This will enable you to see AIS targets on your screen. How you physically connect to your tablet depends on you, some em-trak devices have blue-tooth and wifi and so you can connect wirelessly and using a cable, others don’t and so it’s just a simple cable.

     

    If you aren’t sure just ask us.

  • CAN IN CONNECT AN EM-TRAK AIS TO MY SMART PHONE?

    Yes. All em-trak AIS transceivers will connect to your tablet and any navigation application you are using – please note that you must have a navigation application running on your tablet. This will enable you to see AIS targets on your screen. How you physically connect to your tablet depends on you, some em-trak devices have blue-tooth and wifi and so you can connect wirelessly and using a cable, others don’t and so it’s just a simple cable.

     

    If you aren’t sure just ask us.

  • WILL MY EM-TRAK WORK WITH ANY CHART PLOTTER

    Yes. We guarantee that you can connect any em-trak AIS to any chart plotter – no matter who the manufacturer. This is because all em-trak AIS have both NMEA0183 and NMEA2000 data output formats and all chart plotters use one or both of these for data connections.

  • Do I need special skills to install an em-trak transceiver?

    No. em-trak transceivers are specifically designed for installation simplicity. Every em-trak transceiver is supplied with clear and straight forward instructions and help is always on hand from our support team.

  • What's different about em-trak AIS transceivers?

    Many things. Fundamentally they have better core technology and are better made – which means they perform better and last longer. The core technology is a highly integrated AIS module/engine which combines state of the art electronics design with super-efficient software – whilst what AIS appears to do is simple, how it does it is very complex and like with most products, well designed and engineered technology delivers better performance in the field.

     

    Quality wise, our transceivers are designed and built from the ground up to survive and thrive for years on end in the most harsh marine environments. This means withstanding years of damp, cold, heat, vibration and shock, all whilst operating faultlessly. This is only achieved with robust product design and quality manufacturing. All of this is integrated within an elegant, light-weight, easy to use product design.

  • Does power consumption matter?

    Yes. As you know a boat has a fixed amount of available power. As such its always important to minimise power consumption. This is achieved at the core technology level and this is again where em-trak products excel far beyond others, delivering superior performance, whilst consuming less power.

  • Will my em-trak process all AIS transmissions and information?

    Yes. Every em-trak AIS fully complies with the international AIS standards – with rigorous testing and certification in both EU and USA. This ensures that all AIS transmissions, no matter from whatever brand of AIS transceiver is received and processed in real time. With em-trak you miss nothing and see everything AIS.

  • How good is the em-trak warranty?

    The em-trak warranty is the best in the business. Over many years em-trak has built an unrivalled reputation for quality and reliability and on the rare occasion something goes wrong providing immediate customer support to resolve.

     

    Every em-trak AIS transceiver has our global 3 year warranty which provides complete peace of mind.

POWERFUL

Advanced Performance

em-trak's advanced core technology has been developed to consume less power, whilst providing the very best AIS and GPS performance, ensuring every transmission is translated in real time, without error, so you always have complete picture.

TRUSTED

Total reliability

em-trak AIS transceivers use the highest quality components to provide years of continuous, maintenance free operation. Engineered for even the harshest marine environments, all our products undergo extensive testing to ensure they are waterproof and unaffected by extreme temperatures, shock, vibration, and sun/UV.

PLUG & PLAY

Connectivity

em-trak's transceivers can connect and share data simultaneously to multiple devices, and on any type of display – chartplotter, pc, tablet, mobile phone or wearable. This ensures you get the most from your em-trak AIS product and related on-board equipment every day, including all AIS related functionality such as weather, MOB, anti-collision, anchor safety, vessel tracking and more.

QUICK & SIMPLE

Easy Installation

With features such as FLEXI-FIT bracket, integrated GPS antenna, VHF antenna splitter and unlimited connectivity options, including NMEA2000 & 0183, Bluetooth & Wifi. em-trak AIS transceivers have been designed for quick and easy set up and installation on any vessel.

PEACE OF MIND

Global Compliance

em-trak products are rigorously tested and certified to meet international AIS standards so you have total peace of mind, wherever you are. This includes FCC, USCG, Canada and EU test and certification.

BEST IN CLASS

Warranty & Support

Our AIS transceivers are maintenance free, come with a three year global warranty as standard, and our in-house tech support is backed by over 1,000 local dealers around the world.