by Dr. Thomas Dorn
Modern marine instrumentation systems provide a multitude of nautical
information, such as GPS, course, speed, water depth, wind speed and
direction. We developed BlueWave to expand the power of these
instrumentation systems by providing a Pocket PC based mobile and wireless
information centre. BlueWave combines a Bluetooth Dongle, which is connected
to the instrumentation system, simulating an NMEA serial data stream.
Our Pocket PC BlueWave application processes the transmitted NMEA data to
provide a mobile graphic display for GPS, Sounder, Log, Wind and Course
data. Bluewave further provides Alarms for MOB, Anchor and Water depth.
We used Franson SerialTools to handle the serial data reception and
processing on the Pocket PC side, reducing the interface development and
test efforts from days to hours. The thoroughly tested design has guaranteed
us excellent stability and so further reduced our support costs.
Try out our demo of BlueWave at
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