Tech Update From Technical Director Steve Spitzer
NMEA: a high-value global brand with local ties
Holy Moly, is it really 2014? It seems like only a few months ago that we were following the IBM slogan’s “Decade of Smart” with our own promotion of training and enhancing the skill set of our industry. That was back in
The NMEA Board of Directors, the Education Committee and volunteers embraced the idea. Countless volunteer
hours have been spent enhancing and bringing the training materials current. Thank you volunteers.
This investment has paid off for our industry. I am
pleased to say that since 2010, close to 1,500 industry
professionals from around the world have been trained
using the NMEA course materials. In 2013, more than
45% of the attendees at NMEA training were from the
international sector. Since 2006, more than 2,500 profes-
sionals have improved their value through NMEA training.
A very interesting aspect to all of this is the desire by international dealers to have their employees trained by NMEA
and to be associated with—and be able to use—the
NMEA logo at their places of business. This desire to be
associated with NMEA demonstrates the increasing value of
the NMEA brand around the world, which results in a better value for you as a member.
NMEA’s standards programs are receiving international
recognition as well. NMEA collaborates with the Interna-
tional Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in our standards
development. Additionally, NMEA is an American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developer, which is
like ISO 9011 in the manufacturing world. NMEA had to
submit our standard development processes and proce-
dures to ANSI. After many reviews by ANSI experts, NMEA
was granted this coveted award. Further, in a strengthening
relationship with IEC, NMEA was granted Liaison A status,
which is the highest collaboration relationship given by IEC.
This again demonstrates the increasing value of your mem-
bership, as NMEA is being recognized by worldwide author-
ities as an expert in our field.
Moving forward, the Education Committee once again
has a big agenda for 2014. The Marine Electronics Installer
(MEI) program is due for maintenance—NMEA decided we
would have a three-year maintenance program for our current training course. The Education Committee, led by John
Barry, will be recruiting volunteers to review the current
MEI program and suggest updates and any new material
that may be required. If you are interested, please contact
me at email@example.com.
There are other training programs that we will begin to
develop: a NMEA 2000® advance course and the beginning
of a OneNet® training program are in the offing, along with
other ongoing work by the Education Committee. It is your
association. Get involved. Great idea!
The work on the NMEA 0400 Installation Standard is
almost complete, with a goal for publication in early 2014.
This has been a two-year endeavor by a dedicated group of
volunteers led by Steve Wallace. The work is a collaboration
of experts from around the US. The committee is following
the NMEA ANSI development process. Once we are complete, NMEA will apply to ANSI for accreditation; this will be
like getting the ISO 9001 recognition.
This Standard does not get the recognition that NMEA
0183, NMEA 2000 and NMEA OneNet get, but the NMEA
0400 Installation Standard is the foundation of all of our
training and all of you who install electronics.
NMEA is a high-value global brand with local ties.
Great ideas are welcomed. Get involved. Contact me at