Computers and Software

A catamaran with a Signal K server (SK Server) is the hub for an information network that shares and uses data that the catamaran and other boats in its network are collecting. The cat’s network benefits from data streamed back to it via the Cloud.

Signal K and the Sailboat

New collaboration opens the door for open-source software.

For nearly 50 years, our boats’ electronics systems have operated according to standards developed through the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Today, our onboard electronics communicate using either the older NMEA 0183 or the current NMEA 2000 data—the digital “language” that our marine devices speak. Sadly, this is not the same language that our personal electronics or the wireless Internet speaks—leaving the door effectively closed to app developers who might want to create new apps based on that data.

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