GLOBAL REACH MARK REEDENAUER NMEA President
Director Standards and training set the pace
MEJ: Does NMEA have any initiatives in play or on the
drawing board that have a primary international focus?
Reedenauer: Yes. The two main focus areas on the
international side are standards and training. About half of
our Standards Committee members (NMEA 0183, NMEA
2000®, and NMEA OneNet®) are located outside the US.
The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) recognizes and has adopted both NMEA 0183 and NMEA
2000, which gives these standards international recognition.
The same plan is in place for NMEA OneNet, as the committee is initiating a work order with IEC. Work on this will
most likely begin in 2016.
Training is the other main focus on the international
front. There is truly a lack of formal marine electronics
installer training out there. For example, you can get trained
internationally on, say, Garmin- or Furuno-specific products. The key to NMEA’s training is that it is all non-manu-facturer specific and provides best installation practices that
can be applied across multiple brands. Offering our MEI
(Marine Electronics Installer), NMEA 2000 and AMEI
(Advanced MEI) courses online now allows anyone in the
world with computer and Internet access to take our
courses, take our exams, and get NMEA installer certified.
MEJ: NMEA’s international membership is quite robust.
What accounts for this and is the association developing any
internal programs that are aimed at benefitting international
Reedenauer: The main reason our international presence is so strong has to do with manufacturers implementing the NMEA 2000 standard into their products. This then
trickles down to the dealer and installer level, as basically all
major manufacturers are using the NMEA 2000 Standard in
most of their products. Europe, Canada, Asia, and Australasia still seem to be the areas we see more and more interest
in NMEA, both in standards and training. South America is
basically untapped, as I see it, so that is next on our list to
make people aware of how NMEA can be of benefit. Here is
a breakdown of our international members by country.
NMEA’s activities and impact abroad continue to expand—as does its international membership.
Here’s a brief update.
S Africa 2
S Korea 3
New Zealand 9
Costa Rica 1
Hong Kong 1
Saudi Arabia 1
West Indies 1
MEJ: NMEA has conducted NMEA 2000 workshops at
METS (Marine Equipment Trade Show) for the past few
years in addition to supporting NMEA 2000 training programs in the UK and Korea. What feedback do you get from
these sessions and can you gauge the acceptance and application of NMEA 2000 worldwide?
Reedenauer: The main feedback we get is, “This is
great, where can I get my installer/employee NMEA certi-