Data integration in Grafana

To display sensor data of the LoRa boat monitors Several services are required in Grafana running in a Docker environment. LoRa boat monitor data located at TTN V3 is webhook to Telegraf service. Telegraf decrypts the received JSON information and stores the sensor data in an Influx-DB database. Grafana has access to this database and can display the sensor data via predefined pages.… Continue reading

PBus from Philippi

Fig.: PBus Mastervolt Adapter (Phillipi)

The PBus is not actually a marine bus system like the other marine bus systems. The PBus was developed by Philippi for a niche application to connect current sensors and some other sensors such as level sensors with Phillipi display devices. The protocol is based on the lowest level on the CAN layer. The components are equipped with standardized M12 connectors, as used in NMEA2000.… Continue reading


Fig. WiFi router

In the marine sector, WiFi is primarily known for providing Internet access using routers on boats. Wifi is based on the 802.11 bgn standard and uses 2.4 GHz frequencies. With 802.11 ac, frequencies with 5 GHz and 6 GHz are also possible, which enable higher data rates. Modern plotters can transmit some information to mobile devices and use WiFi for this.… Continue reading


Ethernet is the well-known connection technology in the computer sector, which is very robust and fail-safe due to the galvanic decoupling of the end devices. Ethernet connections enable transmission speeds between 10Mbit/s up to 10GBit/s. Shielded 2-wire lines or fiber optic cables can be used as the transmission medium. RJ45 plugs have established themselves as connectors for cable connections, but they are not suitable for marine applications in humid environments.… Continue reading


Fig.: J1939 connection technology

J1939 is mainly used in the automotive sector to network components in order to reduce the wiring effort. It is based on the CAN bus as a transmission method. J1939 was approved by the international Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) defines and works on the physical layer with CAN high-speed with 1 MBit/s. In the marine sector, the CAN speed was reduced to 250kBit/s to enable a certain degree of compatibility with NMEA2000.… Continue reading

SeaSmart by Digital Marine Gauges

SeaSmart is a group of protocol implementations of different bus types, for the uncomplicated data exchange between marine devices from the company Digital marine gauges was developed. SeaSmart focuses on the transmission and display of boat information, especially over Ethernet and WiFi connections. Web browsers serve as display devices, which receive their data from special gateways from SeaSmart.Net. SeaSmart is not very common and more of a niche product.… Continue reading

SignalK by Open Marine

With SignalK an attempt was made to create an alternative to established commercial boat bus systems based on open source. The aim is to consolidate a wide variety of sensor data from different bus systems and integrate them into a uniform, flexible and expandable data model, comparable to open source solutions in home automation. SignalK takes on several tasks. On the one hand, data from a wide variety of vehicle electrical systems is processed and, on the other hand, there is the option of visualizing the data individually via websites.… Continue reading

CANet by Garmin

Fig.: GPSmap 420 with CANet (Garmin)

CANet was developed by Garmin for marine devices. It uses the CAN bus at the lowest physical level, but uses different implementations at higher levels of CAN and is not compatible with NMEA2000. Like C-Net 2000, CANet is a proprietary protocol that only works with Garmin devices. Many older Garmin plotters were equipped with CANet and NMEA0183.… Continue reading

C-Net 2000 from Cetrek

Fig.: Ctrec C-Net 2000

C-Net 2000 was developed by Cetrek for marine devices. It uses the CAN bus at the lowest physical level, but does not use any higher level implementation of CAN. C-Net 2000 is therefore a proprietary protocol that only works with Cetrek devices. Many Cetrek display devices include a gateway for NMEA0183 and C-Net 2000 so that data can be exchanged between the networks.… Continue reading

SimNet by Simrad

Fig.: SimNet connection technology

SimNet is a bus system for boats from Simrad, which is based on the CAN bus and has limited compatibility with NMEA2000, comparable to Raymarine's SeaTalk NG. With SimNet, Simrad also relies on proprietary connection technology that is only compatible with Simrad products. Physically, 5-pin connectors are used as in NMEA2000, but in a different format.… Continue reading