NMEA2000 (N2K) Simulation

BCG offers the capability to generate NMEA2000 (IEC 61162-1) PGNs as part of our simulator product line. This add-on software module, called N2KTranslator, operates with BCG’s Maritime Simulation Tool (MaST) to generate a wide range of ship sensor data utilizing the NMEA2000 data format and interface standard.

NMEA2000 (N2K) is a plug-and-play communications standard used for connecting marine sensors and display units used on real vessels. Utilizing a CAN Bus backbone connection, BCG’s simulation software will deliver N2K PGNs over an Actisense NGT-1-USB gateway converter that correlate with a vessel’s sensor activity in a simulation scenario being run by MaST. BCG has implemented 30 of the most commonly used messages related to ship navigation, including AIS and DSC messages, and we will continue to grow this PGN capability over time. Contact BCG for a list of currently supported PGNs.

N2KTranslator can also be used to input and display PGN data being generated  on a NMEA2000 network. This application can display, filter on, and log NMEA20000 PGNs generated by other devices. By operating either as a N2K source and/or receiver, N2KTranslator can act as a test platform for sensor, radar and electronic chart manufacturers.

N2KTranslator Operator Window

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