The Connected Boat
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.