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NAUTIS Simulators introduce interface to PC Maritime ECDIS

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The VSTEP/PC Maritime bridge simulators can be provided as software only to run on standard PCs, or with hardware consoles up to Full Mission Bridge Simulators. The range is designed for nautical colleges and company training centres in compliance with the latest STCW requirements.

Navmaster ECDIS displays the NAUTIS radar video as an overlay on the chart view, satisfying an IMO recommendation in the new ECDIS Model Course 1.27, July 2012. In a classroom set-up, one instructor can provide a large number of trainee stations with radar video and NMEA data input, while showing the outside view and navigation instruments on other screens. The Navmaster ECDIS software has exactly the same functionality as the integrated, IMO type-approved onboard equivalent.

Pjotr van Schothorst, VSTEP’s CTO, said: “The development of the software interface went really smoothly. Students can now see what happens if the GPS position of their vessel is not accurate: the radar overlay image shows the coastline at a slightly shifted location compared to the chart. They learn to respond to that, and take it into account during their navigation and manoeuvring. This helps prevent accidents.”

Jan van der Vee, Senior Consultant at Wallem Training, said : “We chose the NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator because it is fully certified by DNV and offers high quality training at an affordable price. Each student station has 3 outside view displays and a corresponding radar overlay image on PC Maritime’s Navmaster ECDIS. These simulators give our students an excellent tool to learn all about ECDIS and how it is used on board.”

Any IMO Type-Approved ECDIS can be interfaced with NAUTIS through NMEA 0183, including display of AIS data. VSTEP has special arrangements for maritime schools with Kelvin Hughes, MARIS and PC Maritime Navmaster for the provision of their ECDIS software bundled with NAUTIS at an attractive price level.

1About PC Maritime
PC Maritime is a leading UK developer and supplier of ECDIS, marine training software and electronic charts to marine markets worldwide. The Company’s products include type-approved ECDIS, non-approved chart systems, incident analysis software and a range of PC-based maritime training simulators. PC Maritime is also an international digital chart agent.

About NAUTIS
The NAUTIS range of advanced maritime training simulators is developed by VSTEP and offers an affordable and effective alternative for training maritime professionals, officers and crews. With a full range of simulators, from desktop trainer to full mission bridge simulator, VSTEP has a cost-effective training solution fulfilling the training requirements of both the civilian and military maritime industry, including nautical colleges, naval academies, maritime training centres and individual ship owners. www.nautissim.com

0ABOUT VSTEP
VSTEP is a leading International developer of simulators and virtual training software. VSTEP creates 3D virtual training applications and simulators that allow people to build their skills in a practical and cost effective way. VSTEP has several core product lines, focusing on virtual incident training for first responders (RescueSim), maritime training solutions for the civilian & military maritime industry (NAUTIS) and training simulators to prepare camera operators to identify suspect human behavior before a crime or terrorist attack takes place (EyeObserve). www.vstepsimulation.com

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