Vesper Cortex M1- Full Class B Sotdma Smartais Transponder W/Remote Vessel Monitoring - Only Works In North America

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Vesper Cortex M1- Full Class B Sotdma Smartais Transponder W/Remote Vessel Monitoring - Only Works In North America

**As the FCC requires all units sold in the US to be programmed by a qualified technician. Please submit the form below for programming at the time of purchase. A copy of the MMSI Registration or FCC Ship Station License is required along with the vessel master or owner's signature on the completed programming form. **

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Cortex M1- Full Class B SOTDMA SmartAIS Transponder with Remote Vessel Monitoring - Only Works in North America

Full Class B SOTDMA with smartAIS send and receive and integrated no-loss splitter. Monitor and control onboard systems and keep alerted on board or ashore from your smartphone.


  • This Cortex model is made to function ONLY in North America
  • Add H1P portable handset for full VHF capability
  • Built-in Class B SOTDMA with no-loss antenna splitter
  • Built-in WiFi and Cellular connectivity on monitoring onboard and ashore
  • Low power consumption hub
  • 10Hz GPS antenna
  • Monitor up to 5 sensors connected directly
  • Network to NMEA2000 to monitor sensors remotely and receive Man Overboard alarms from other devices

The Intelligent Boat

  • SOTDMA smartAIS transponder with remote vessel monitoring and control

Smart & Connected

  • Predicts collisions with other vessels and knows when someone falls overboard 
  • Knows when your anchor is dragging and will tell you when something is wrong, whether you're onboard or ashore 
  • Cortex is the brain of your boat

The smartAIS Advantage

  • smartAIS consumes very low power and continuously alerts even if your power intensive MFD or smartphone is switched off
  • smartAIS proactively alerts you of potential collisions, anchor drag and man overboard situations

Collision Prevention

  • smartAIS combines GPS, AIS and heading data with smart logic to proactively warns you of collision risks
  • Clearly see the highest risk vessels 
  • When using a Cortex handset, smartphone, or tablet, make trial maneuvers to see a simulation of where and when your paths will cross

Anchor Watch

  • Sleep soundly or explore with abandon knowing that your boat is exactly where you anchored
  • By combining your position and heading, Cortex will determine if your anchor drags 
  • When your boat moves outside your anchor swing radius the alarm will sound on Cortex handsets and your smartphone 
  • Receive alerts while ashore via the Cortex Monitor App on your smartphone
  • Cortex will keep watch and alert you about changes in water depth, wind speed, or direction while you are anchored

Man Overboard (MOB)

  • When Cortex detects an AIS MOB activation it immediately sounds the alarm
  • Compatible with all AIS MOBs, you will see where the MOB was first activated along with continuous updates to its location, bearing, and range 
  • Get clear information and take the best course
  • Label AIS MOB devices with crew names for easy identification
  • Pressing the dedicated MOB button activates a trackback mode on all handsets and marks the MOB on NMEA 2000 connected MFDs

Advanced SOTDMA Technology

  • SOTDMA is the latest AIS technology with 5W power output, making your boat visible over a longer distance
  • With faster and more frequent transmissions of your position to other vessels, you'll be safer, especially at speeds of over 14 knots

Connect via WiFi

  • Receive alerts on your smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch anywhere onboard
  • Connect up to 10 WiFi devices to receive and manage alarms, view AIS information and instrument data
  • Integrate Cortex to your NMEA 2000 network and use your mobile devices to view information your instruments provide

10Hz GPS Update Rate

  • With 10Hz GPS updates, your vessel position is more accurately plotted
  • When you connect other devices to your Cortex GPS using NMEA 2000 or NMEA 0183, all onboard equipment benefits from the superfast GPS

Integrated No-Loss Splitter

  • The integrated no-loss splitter allows you to share a single antenna with another VHF and delivers optimum performance for both your VHF and AIS

Low Power Consumption

  • With low input power, you can keep the Cortex always on, so you are always visible and always watching 
  • Receive alerts without the need for power-hungry MFDs

Cortex Will Get Smarter.

  • New features and capabilities are downloaded automatically to the Cortex Onboard app for easy updates to Cortex via WiFi whenever convenient

Remote vessel monitoring and control

  • See your boat's status, receive alerts, and control devices

Easy setup, no fee

  • With built-in sensors, you can see twice-daily updates of your boat's location, battery level, true heading, ambient temperature, and barometric pressure
  • Connect to your NMEA network and monitor more - wind speed direction and water depth
  • As long as your smartphone and boat have cellular access, you can know your boat is safe and secure 
  • No subscription, no hassle

Real-time monitoring and control

  • Subscribe to a Cortex Monitor Plan to receive alerts, see real-time information about your boat, and remotely control devices like lighting, air conditioning, refrigeration, or ice-makers
  • Whether you've left your boat, at anchor, or at the marina, know exactly where it is and what's happening onboard

The world's most advanced VHF radio

  • Upgrade to the future of VHF 
  • The Cortex is VHF-ready, simply add wireless H1P handsets to enjoy the power of VHF and AIS combined

Manufacturer Part Number: 010-02815-00
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Manufacturer Part Number: 010-02815-00
  • AIS Class = B
  • Antenna Included = Yes
  • Display Included = Yes
  • Function = Receive/Transmit
  • GPS Included = Yes
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Can the length and beam width be adjusted after programming?
Yes, they are programmable and can be adjusted by using the Cortex app.
What does it mean when it says North America Only?
The remote vessel monitoring service will only work while within North American territory, as opposed to the global version which works anywhere. All other features of the unit work outside NA
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