GARMIN HAS ACQUIRED Vesper Marine, a privately held provider of AIS, VHF and vessel monitoring solutions. This will bolster Garmin’s lineup of marine products and technology.

With almost 15 years of experience, Vesper has developed a suite of communication products and solutions for power, sail and workboats, including the award-winning Cortex system.

Cortex combines a state-of-the-art VHF radio with Vesper’s smartAIS transponder and remote vessel monitoring technology. Vesper’s smartAIS transponders incorporate built-in alarms to alert mariners of potential collisions, dragging anchors and man overboard situations. The company also offers mobile apps to monitor, view and manage a Cortex system or smartAIS transponder for iOS and Android devices.

Vesper Marine is headquartered in Auckland and will join Garmin’s existing team located there.