Vesper Marine’s Cortex nominated for DAME Award

Cortex alerts boaters of collision risks, providing information about the situation and making it easier to communicate. Using VHF, AIS and DSC, Cortex is said to be the world’s first VHF radio with wireless touchscreen handsets, built-in Class B SOTDMA smartAIS transponder and remote vessel monitoring.

“We are so excited that Cortex has been nominated for a DAME Design Award,” says Jeff Robbins, founder, Vesper Marine. “We set out to reimagine what VHF and AIS could be.  Starting with a blank sheet of paper, we were relentlessly focused on making safety communications more effective and easier to use. Cortex is the result.”

Cortex changes how boaters interact with communication systems by making typically complicated functions straightforward. Simply touching a vessel on the handset screen and pressing “call” initiates a direct DSC call, while continuing to show crossing situations, navigation light sectors and trial manoeuvres on the handset display.

Pressing the dedicated MOB button activates a track back mode on all handsets and marks the MOB waypoint on NMEA 2000® connected multi-function displays.

Cortex makes other vessels aware of the boat’s position, and heading, through the integrated heading sensor, GPS and SOTDMA smartAIS transponder.  It combines navigation sensor data and AIS information with intelligent alarm management to prioritise alerts for the most urgent response.  Instead of ambiguous tones, Cortex sounds the alarm with voiced alerts that escalate until acknowledged on wireless handsets or a connected speaker.

It also combines built in sensors and NMEA 2000 with cloud connectivity for remote monitoring plus other features.

The tethered H1 and portable H1P handsets have 4-inch Gorilla Glass multi-touch displays that are wet and glove capable, and optically bonded for wide-angle and sunlight viewability.  One-handed operation is easy through ergonomic design and a click-wheel. Up to 10 wireless handsets can connect to the M1 hub, each providing up to 85 dBA of crystal-clear audio. The M1’s 10W speaker output provides alerting even while handsets are turned off.

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