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Signal K and iKommunicate Approach Version 1 Release

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Signal K and iKommunicate Approach Version 1 Release

At the end of this month Digital Yacht will start shipping over 500pcs of their successful, Kickstarter funded, iKommunicate Gateway. In parallel, Version 1 of Signal K, the powerful open source data format for marine data will be released and for the first time developers will be able to access the closed NMEA data found on just about every boat via an open, modern, HTML5 compliant format that mobile, web and cloud based apps will easily be able to support.

With three NMEA0183 ports and one NMEA2000 interface, iKommunicate can collect and convert all of the marine data on the boat and output this to multiple web sockets as Signal K "Delta" messages. By utilising JSON, the most popular method for modern web apps to exchange data, Signal K can easily be implemented in to your apps and programs. No need to buy expensive specifications from the NMEA, all of the information you need on the Signal K format can be found for free at with application notes, source code examples and technical information on iKommunicate at

Signal K and iKommunicate represent the biggest change in marine data since the release of NMEA0183 and now is the time for you to evaluate the advantages and opportunities that Signal K implementation could give your software products and services. 



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Nicholas Heyes

Nicholas Heyes

Press contact CEO Digital Yacht CEO 01179554474
Laura Brossard

Laura Brossard

Press contact Marketing Assistant PR & Marketing UK 01179 55 44 74 - US 978 277 1234 - EU +33 (0)1 70 70 92 50


Digital Yacht is head quartered in Bristol UK with a manufacturing facility in Fareham, Hampshire. We have global offices in Boston (USA), and Rouen (France) to look after these important markets and a network of distributors and dealers across the globe.

We firmly believe that low cost consumer devices such as iPhones and tablets, PCs and MACs have a place on board and can help make legacy systems compete with the latest in dedicated marine electronic products at a fraction of the cost. We make internet access whilst afloat easy and affordable as well as bringing all your navigation data to your favourite consumer devices - not just for you but for crew and guests too.

Our navigation systems cover advanced GPS and compass technology as well as the most comprehensive range of AIS products in the marketplace. Plus our PC and software solutions bring simple yet powerful solutions to a variety of on board requirements from communication to navigation, entertainment to monitoring.

Our design team has 100’s years combined experience in marine electronic systems and we take pride in our quality heritage with manufacturing in the UK and global reach through our regional offices and network of dealers and distributors. Last year our products were sold in over 100 countries worldwide.

Digital Yacht
6 Farleigh Court, Old Weston Rd, Flax Bourton.
BS48 1UR Bristol
United Kingdom