fied?” Questions like this indicate to me that
there is a true need for marine electronics
installer training worldwide. We have had
success with classroom trainings in the UK,
Sweden, Canada, and South Korea. This year
at METS, we are offering a full day NMEA
2000 certification course on Monday, Nov.
16, the day before the show opens. Pre-regis-tration is required. Further information is
available on the METS, NMEA and British
MEJ: Several months ago NMEA made the
Marine Electronics Installer and NMEA 2000
training courses available online. What has
been the response so far from technicians outside the US?
Reedenauer: At the time of this writing,
approximately 20 international students have
taken our online training. This is a good start
considering that we have only offered this for
five months. We will be promoting our online
training at METS. NMEA has reached out to
ICOMIA (International Council of Marine
Industry Associations) with hopes that they
will endorse the NMEA 0400 Installation
Standard as an internationally recognized
standard. This will further promote our online
training as all of the training material is based
on information within the 0400. We hope to
have more information on this venture with
ICOMIA by year’s end.
MEJ: Does NMEA anticipate expanding the
online training program by translating the
educational and testing materials into other
Reedenauer: This is a possibility; however we have not had much demand for it yet.
When I attend educational sessions at METS,
for example, they are all spoken in English.
Translating into other languages will definitely
be beneficial, but we need to do this carefully.
This will take experienced electronics
installers with local knowledge in their native
languages. Google Translate will not work! We
do encourage readers and members to contact
NMEA if they are willing to assist with language translations.
MEJ: In 2013, the IEC upgraded NMEA’s
status to Category A Liaison with its Technical
Committee 80. Has this increased NMEA’s
involvement in the development of equipment
Reedenauer: The IEC and NMEA have
been collaborating on interface standards for
more than 20 years. NMEA sits on a number
of IEC standards working groups and in
return IEC members have participated on
NMEA standards. In 2014, to further
strengthen our 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 NMEA membership as we’re being
recognized by worldwide authorities as an
expert in our field. NMEA will make a technical contribution to and participate actively in
the work of the Working Group. NMEA is
multinational in its objectives and standards
development activities. NMEA has wide representation within its area of competence.
As a Category A Liaison organization with
IEC, NMEA is now entitled to nominate
experts to participate in any Working Group
of TC 80. Access rights to IEC standards are
provided. NMEA also has access to IEC Collaboration Tools.
This recognition continues to reinforce
NMEA’s technical ability and NMEA’s credibility on the global stage for interface standards.
NMEA and IEC are strong partners and will
continue to work cooperatively defining standards for the worldwide maritime industry.
MEJ: NMEA had a booth at the Toronto
International Boat Show this year for the first
time—and put on a NMEA 2000 ConnectFest, which showcases how a NMEA 2000
network operates live. What is driving
NMEA’s focus on the Canadian market and
what was the feedback you collected at the
Reedenauer: The Toronto Boat Show was
all positive for NMEA. We approached the
show not knowing exactly what we would get
out of it, but in the end found that many consumers are well aware of the NMEA 2000
Standard and how it generally operates. Manufacturers and dealers were sending customers over to the ConnectFest to get a
hands-on look at N2K in action. Many thanks
to our Canadian Representative Ken Harrison,
Fugawi, and Peter Briffa at Shorewest for
helping the NMEA gain exposure in the
NMEA’s plan for 2016 is to attend the Vancouver Boat Show and run a ConnectFest
there similar to what was run in Toronto in
2015. Our plan is to alternate years between
Toronto and Vancouver shows, which would
bring us back to Toronto in 2017.
As far as shows outside North America,
NMEA always exhibits at METS. We will also
be hosting a ConnectFest in South Korea, an
up and coming area for commercial ship
building and marine electronics. ME
Last year’s ConnectFest at METS drew scores of attendees, who saw first hand how a NMEA 2000 network
operates. This year people can take a NMEA 2000 certification course the day before the Amsterdam trade