Bluetooth Pilot Interface

The Raven Bluetooth Pilot Interface (BPI) is a Bluetooth wireless device that translates data from an AIS Pilot Port Interface (PPI) plug found on a ship and transmits that AIS data to a computer via a Bluetooth or USB serial data link. The BPI has a small footprint with 20 hours of battery life on a single charge and auto-correct feature for detecting wiring errors on the pilot plug. The BPI is used by pilots throughout the United States and is manufactured in the U.S. by Raven Industries.


  • Rechargeable Battery allows for 20+ hours of operation on a single charge.
    Actual battery life will depend on many factors, including temperature,  range, and BPI age.
  • Class I Bluetooth Wireless Data Link with range up to 100 m (330 ft) with an on-board audio alarm to indicate Bluetooth connection status
  • Wire Wizard – the BPI auto-corrects for wiring errors on the pilot plug
  • Auto Baud – automatically detects PPI signals at 9600, 19200 or 38400 baud and converts to a standard 38400 baud output
  • Standard system includes two AIS-BPI cables, universal travel charger and  USB cable

Physical Characteristics

  • Size: 102 mm x 51 mm x 25 mm (4 in x 2 in x 1 in)
  • Weight: 102 g (3.6 oz)
  • Connectors: 7-pin eSATA, female
  • Mini-B USB port for charging and optional data path
  • LED indicators for
    Wireless connection status
    Power, including low power indication
    Pilot plug data status
    Battery charger status
  • Operating Temperature: -20°C to 40°C (-4°F to 104°F)
  • Storage Temperature: -20°C to 50°C (-4°F to 122°F)

Performance Characteristics


  • Uses a class I Bluetooth radio with dynamic power management which automatically lowers transmit power to maximize the battery life.
  • USB Connector provides backup communications path for AIS data.


  • Auto-corrects for wiring errors on the pilot plug
  • Scans for PPI signals at 9600, 19200 and 38400 baud rates
  • Night Mode dims the LED status lights at night
  • Soft shutdown after 60 minutes of no AIS data to conserve battery life
  • USB cable can be used for charging the battery and for hard-wire access  to the AIS data
  • BPI firmware can be updated in the field with supplied software
  • A loopback adapter is attached to the AIS-BPI cable to verify the BPI


  • Battery: 3.7V, 1250m Ah Li-Ion rechargeable smart battery
  • Operating time at 23°C (75°F): 20 hours with Bluetooth connection
  • Battery Charger:
         Recharge time: 1-1.5 h
         Input voltage: 4.2V
  • LED indicators for low power and charge status

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