The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has announced that The NMEA 2000 ConnectFest will take place at METS 2013 in Amsterdam RAI, on Tuesday 19 November.

NMEA 2000 ConnectFest is a “live” demonstration of the NMEA 2000 open industry networking standard.

Many manufacturers will participate at the demonstration, which is set to run from 13.00-16.00 hours in room D 203. Participants will be able to connect their products to the NMEA 2000 backbone and demonstrating interoperability on the network.

Following a short status summary by Steve Spitzer, technical director of the NMEA, the demonstration will open for visitors to come by at their convenience.

Visitors will have an opportunity to talk with manufacturers who have developed products using the NMEA 2000 protocol. Hands-on experience with the NMEA 2000 cables and connectors system shows the advantages of the lightweight, quickly installed network and shows how systems can be expanded for future needs.

The NMEA 2000 network is an open plug-and-play system, enabling connection and disconnection of products with no downtime on the network. New NMEA 2000 Messages published since 2012 will be explained, including new PGNs for power distribution, power generation, watermaker control, man overboard, and an alerts suite with more than 900 potential messages.

Founded in 1957, the NMEA has led the way in establishing technical standards for data exchange in marine electronics, with the widely accepted NMEA 0183 data protocol, NMEA 2000, and certification standards for marine electronics technicians. NMEA standards and programs focus on ensuring that the boating consumer is provided reliable products and professional service.