The Con­nected Boat

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It’s not dif­fi­cult to imag­ine that soon, very soon, every sort of craft from small wa­ter­ski boats to lux­ury mo­to­ry­achts will be equipped with smart tech­nol­ogy, al­low­ing own­ers to be teth­ered to the sys­tems of their boat re­motely and around-the-clock. Siren Marine is at the fore­front of mak­ing sure this hap­pens, and, with their newly launched MTC Sys­tem, the com­pany is en­sur­ing that an­other mile­stone is crossed by pro­vid­ing af­ford­able boat-mon­i­tor­ing so­lu­tions to a wide va­ri­ety of own­ers.

No con­nected so­lu­tion ex­ists with­out full in­te­gra­tion to iOS and An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tems, so com­pan­ion apps, avail­able in each plat­form, let you mon­i­tor any­thing from your bat­ter­ies to your bilge through your phone or tablet. This, in turn, cre­ates peace of mind, so that when you’re head­ing down the dock with fam­ily and friends, drag­ging cool­ers and fish­ing rods, you know ahead of time that the boat is a) where it should be, b) has enough juice to fire up, and c) is as ready as you are to take on the week­end.

The MTC comes as a base unit that is en­gi­neered and built to with­stand the rig­ors of a marine en­vi­ron­ment, and paired with both wired and wire­less sen­sors, the base acts as a re­mote com­mu­ni­ca­tions hub for your ves­sel. Let’s say you want to know

where your boat is if you’ve given the keys to cousin Vin­nie. No prob­lem: the MTC comes with GPS track­ing/lo­ca­tion and bat­tery man­age­ment. You’ll be able to mon­i­tor and de­tect unau­tho­rized board­ing, or—a dif­fer­ent kind of se­cu­rity—to mon­i­tor your bilge alarms, bat­tery volt­age, leaky through-hulls, and more.

Even while you’re on board, the GPS will help bring your at­ten­tion to a drag­ging an­chor or if neigh­bor­ing boats de­cide to bor­row your shore­power cord. Ad­di­tional ad­van­tages in­clude the abil­ity to sound alarms, con­trol light­ing, air con­di­tion­ing, heat, and bat­tery switches, all re­motely, pro­vid­ing the dual ben­e­fit of se­cu­rity and time-sav­ing to get out on the wa­ter faster and with less has­sle.

The MTC pack­age from Siren Marine will come to boaters in three op­tions (the MT, MTC, and MTC-Pro) based on your needs and bud­get con­straints, with the top- and bot­tom-end of­fer­ings avail­able later this year. The stan­dard unit, the MTC ($599), will pro­vide bat­tery data as well as GPS track­ing, with op­tional wired sen­sors avail­able de­pend­ing on your needs (wire­less sen­sors will be avail­able later this year). MTC-Pro ($949) will im­prove upon the fea­ture set of MTC, and will be aug­mented with NMEA 2000, video, and satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties. For smaller boats, such as yacht ten­ders, the MT ver­sion will of­fer a slightly re­duced fea­ture set ($399), but will still in­clude GPS, bat­tery man­age­ment, bilge, mo­tion alarms, and arm/dis­arm func­tion­al­ity. Siren has part­nered with global cell car­rier Voda­fone to pro­vide 3G ser­vice, en­sur­ing seam­less in­ter­na­tional cov­er­age, as well as an­nual, monthly, and sea­sonal sub­scrip­tion plans to the MTC ser­vice.

The schematic above shows all of the mon­i­tor­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties that the MTC-Pro of­fers, with the goal of keep­ing you con­nected to your boat.

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