About us

Active Research Ltd

Actisense aim to be the installer's product of choice by making navigation safer with the most reliable boat electronic systems.

Based in Poole, Dorset on the south coast of England, Active Research Limited has established an enviable world-wide reputation within the specialist field of marine electronics. This has been achieved by providing an excellent level of service to our extensive client base and through the design and manufacture of prestigious marine electronic equipment.

The company was formed in January 1997 by Phil Whitehurst, who as a Chartered Electronics Engineer recognised there was a need for innovative and reliable marine electronic equipment. As a keen sailor himself, Phil realised the potential within the leisure marine market was not being met by the existing marine companies, and so set about designing and manufacturing an entire range of products, which are unique in their quality and sophistication in the marine marketplace.

Utilising over 20 years of specialist experience in the design of DSP software and hardware, in the field of smart sensors and underwater acoustics, Actisense is now a market leader in manufacturing intelligent marine electronic products.

Our advanced working knowledge and understanding of the NMEA standards has enabled us to hone and perfect our NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000 product designs and we also act in an advisory capacity for other manufacturers and developers in the industry.

To promote the groundbreaking designs of Active Research Limited, the "Actisense" brand name was registered, and has now become synonymous with excellence in the smart sensor and NMEA interconnection product areas.

Please contact the Actisense team with any enquiries you may have about our product range.


Products

A2K-COVER-20-F

A2K-COVER-20-F

Covers for the NMEA 2000 Micro Use to replace unused cable glands on the connectors, female and male the NDC-4, NBF-2 and QNB-1. Sold in ...

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ActisenseComms SDK

ActisenseComms SDK

The ActisenseComms SDK has been developed to help simplify the interfacing of compatible Actisense products into a developers software environment.The...

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Active DST Module

Active DST Module

The Actisense DST-2 module is the market-leading way to take analogue transducers into the digital age. When used with new or existing transducers ...

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ATOFUSE-10-3A

ATOFUSE-10-3A

ATOFUSE-10-3A are available on request, please email us for more information, or visit our website.

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BLANKING PLUG-20

BLANKING PLUG-20

Use to replace unused cable glands on the connectors, female and male the NDC-4, NBF-2 and QNB-1. Sold in versions available. quanti...

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D type moulded cable assembley

D type moulded cable assembley

D type moulded cable assembley are all able to be purchased from us. Please feel free to contact us on the numbers provided, or visit our website and ...

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Depth,Speed & Temp Modules

Depth,Speed & Temp Modules

The Actisense DST-2 module is the market-leading way to take analogue transducers into the digital age. When used with new or existing transducers fi...

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DIN-KIT-1

DIN-KIT-1

DIN-KIT-1 are just one of many products in this range that we can source for you. Please contact us for more information.

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Engine Monitoring Unit

Engine Monitoring Unit

The Actisense EMU-1 is a specialised analogue to NMEA 2000 Gateway which converts data from analogue engine senders into NMEA 2000. The EMU-1 enables ...

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GROMMET-5

GROMMET-5

GROMMET-5 are available from our extensive product catalogue, please contact us if you require more information

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Micro Bulk Cable Reel

Micro Bulk Cable Reel

The Actisense NMEA 2000 Bulk micro cable is available in 100 metre reels. The cable can be used to create or extend an NMEA 2000 backbone of flexib...

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Micro Cable Assemblies

Micro Cable Assemblies

Actisense micro cable assemblies allow quick installation and come with a quality reassurance, as only the Actisense UL certified cable is used. Av...

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Micro Gender Changer Cable

Micro Gender Changer Cable

An Actisense gender changer can be used between two cable connectors of the same type and gender, enabling installers to overcome the problem of conne...

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Micro Power T

Micro Power T

The Actisense Micro Power T can easily provide power to the NMEA 2000 bus with micro fit connections to enable 'plug and play' connectivity. The Ac...

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Micro Starter Kit

Micro Starter Kit

The Actisense NMEA 2000 Network Starter Kit contains everything you need to make an initial NMEA 2000 network. The part number for the kit is A2K-K...

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Micro Terminators

Micro Terminators

The Actisense NMEA 2000 terminators are for use at each end of an NMEA 2000 backbone to ensure proper operation and signal integrity. The terminat...

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NBF-3 NMEA Buffer

NBF-3 NMEA Buffer

The Actisense NBF-3 NMEA Buffer isolates and buffers NMEA 0183 data, with the power to drive multiple devices. The NBF-3 can distribute up to six i...

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NDC-4-USBKIT

NDC-4-USBKIT

USB cable (non-isolated) to convert an NDC-4 to an NDC-4-USB.

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NMEA 0183 PC Opto-Isolator Cable

NMEA 0183 PC Opto-Isolator Cable

The Actisense OPTO-4 is a bi-directional NMEA 0183 (RS422) to RS232 interface cable which provides a safe method of connecting an NMEA 0183 system to ...

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NMEA 2000 Gateway

NMEA 2000 Gateway

The Actisense NGW-1 NMEA 2000 Gateway is the easist way to link between a boats old and new data networks. The NGW-1 can convert NMEA 0183 data into N...

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NMEA 2000 Micro Bulk Cable Reel

NMEA 2000 Micro Bulk Cable Reel

The Actisense NMEA 2000 Bulk micro cable is available in 100 metre reels. The cable can be used to create or extend an NMEA 2000 backbone of flexible...

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NMEA 2000 Micro Cable Assemblies

NMEA 2000 Micro Cable Assemblies

Actisense micro cable assemblies allow fast installation and come with a quality reassurance, as only the Actisense UL certified cable is used. Avail...

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NMEA 2000 Micro Gender Changer Cable Assemblies

NMEA 2000 Micro Gender Changer Cable Assemblies

An Actisense gender changer can be used between two cable connectors of the same type and gender, enabling installers to overcome the problem of conne...

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NMEA 2000 Micro Power T

NMEA 2000 Micro Power T

The Actisense Micro Power T can simply provide power to the NMEA 2000 bus with micro fit connections to enable 'plug and play' connectivity. The Acti...

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NMEA 2000 Micro Starter Kit

NMEA 2000 Micro Starter Kit

The Actisense NMEA 2000 Network Starter Kit contains everything you need to make an initial NMEA 2000 network. The part number for the kit is A2K-KIT...

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NMEA 2000 Micro T Piece

NMEA 2000 Micro T Piece

The Actisense NMEA 2000 T piece is for use where a drop or 'port' is required from the NMEA 2000 backbone to have another device connected. The quali...

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NMEA 2000 Micro Terminators

NMEA 2000 Micro Terminators

The Actisense NMEA 2000 terminators are for use at both ends of an NMEA 2000 backbone to ensure proper operation and signal integrity. The terminato...

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NMEA 2000 Panel Mount Wired Connectors

NMEA 2000 Panel Mount Wired Connectors

Panel mount wired connectors availble from Actisense allow NMEA 2000 installations through water tight bulkheads (or panels) to be achieved. Waterpro...

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NMEA 2000 To PC Interface

NMEA 2000 To PC Interface

The Actisense NGT-1 is the only intelligent NMEA 2000 gateway available to precisely transfer messages to and from the NMEA 2000 bus. The diagnostic...

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NMEA 2000® to PC Interface

NMEA 2000® to PC Interface

The Actisense NGT-1 is the only intelligent NMEA 2000 gateway available to precisely transfer messages to and from the NMEA 2000 bus. The diagnosti...

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News

Celebrating a successful year

Celebrating a successful year

2015 was a very successful year for us and we have some big developments planned for 2016. 2015 saw the company achieve a sizeable sales growth of 14...

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Record breaking year for Actisense

Record breaking year for Actisense

Throughout 2016, the company witnessed sizable growth. In terms of sales, they saw a significant 12% increase from 2015. To accommodate their phenomen...

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Actisense Announce New Distributor

Actisense Announce New Distributor

We are pleased to announce a new working partnership with Polish distributors, Airmech. Based in Juszkowo, Poland, Airmech is the latest company regi...

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Actisense achieve ISO accreditations

Actisense achieve ISO accreditations

Multi-award winning NMEA specialists, Actisense, has achieved ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditations – certifying the company’s commitment to quality and e...

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Actisense® take the spotlight at 2015 NMEA Conference

Actisense® take the spotlight at 2015 NMEA Conference

Leading marine electronics experts and NMEA specialists, Actisense®, will have a prominent presence at the NMEA Conference taking place from the 29th ...

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Celebrating a successful year

Celebrating a successful year

2015 was a very successful year for us and we have some big developments planned for 2016. 2015 saw the company achieve a sizeable sales growth of 14...

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Double Honours for Actisense® at Dorset Business Awards

Double Honours for Actisense® at Dorset Business Awards

A record 800 business people, dignitaries, MPs and press from across Dorset recently gathered at the renowned Bournemouth International Centre for the...

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Actisense® Rebrand.

Actisense® Rebrand.

Actisense®, the Dorset-based marine electronics brand have announced a major rebrand for which the first glimpses will be unveiled at the internationa...

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Actisense and GEMECO Support The Impossible Dream

Actisense and GEMECO Support The Impossible Dream

Actisense and GEMECO have supplied the complete NMEA 2000® backbone and components to The Impossible Dream, a universally accessible 60’ sailing catam...

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NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo CEO Panel.

NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo CEO Panel.

With the NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo coming up in September, there will be a panel of chief executives representing marine...

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Actisense to deliver dedicated workshop for Marine Professionals across the UK

Actisense to deliver dedicated workshop for Marine Professionals across the UK

Actisense to deliver dedicated workshop for Marine Professionals across the UK Leading marine electronics brand, Actisense®, are due to provide their...

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Now Available - SeaTalk NG to NMEA 2000 Adaptor Cable.

Now Available - SeaTalk NG to NMEA 2000 Adaptor Cable.

Thanks to an extended agreement with Raymarine, the same adaptor cable that Actisense supplies with its NGW-1-STNG is available to purchase with all o...

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New Product Release - A2K Micro Field Fit Connectors

New Product Release - A2K Micro Field Fit Connectors

This month sees the release of the Actisense A2K Micro Field Fit Connectors. These new Actisense Field Fit Connectors allow for secure, reliable conn...

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NMEA Reader Software Update

NMEA Reader Software Update

An updated version of the NMEA Reader software (v1.517) is now available from the NMEA Reader downloads page.

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EMU-1 Firmware and Configuration Tool Updates

EMU-1 Firmware and Configuration Tool Updates

Updated versions of the EMU-1 Actipatch (V0.070) and the EMU-1 Configuration Tool (V1.029) are now available from the EMU-1 downloads page.

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EMU-1 Firmware and Configuration Tool Updates

EMU-1 Firmware and Configuration Tool Updates

Updated versions of the EMU-1 Configuration Tool (V1.031) are now available from the EMU-1 downloads page.

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NMEA 2000® Gateway device get significant updates from industry leader

NMEA 2000® Gateway device get significant updates from industry leader

Actisense, the market leading marine electronics brand from Active Research Limited, based in Poole, UK, has announced two important firmware releases...

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EMU-1 Firmware and Configuration Tool Updates

EMU-1 Firmware and Configuration Tool Updates

The added features of this upgrade include; Fixing the rare state where the NMEA 2000® 'Tx' LED would stay on constantly, and the EMU-1 would stop sen...

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Actisense NMEA 2000® Gateway firmware updates

Actisense NMEA 2000® Gateway firmware updates

The Actisense NGW-1 NMEA 2000 Gateway is the easiest way to link between a boats old and new data networks, with the ability to convert NMEA 0183 data...

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Actisense Opening Hours (Easter Bank Holidays) - 17/04/14

Actisense Opening Hours (Easter Bank Holidays) - 17/04/14

Actisense will be closed on the Friday 18th April and Monday the 21st April for the Easter Holidays.

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Actisense Offers Flexible Multiplexing with Pre-configured Versions for Autoswitching or AIS Operation

Actisense Offers Flexible Multiplexing with Pre-configured Versions for Autoswitching or AIS Operation

The Actisense NMEA Multiplexer (NDC-4) is the most flexible multiplexer available. With flexibility and power combined, it is dynamic enough to be the...

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New South African Distributor for Actisense

New South African Distributor for Actisense

Actisense is very happy to announce a new distributor for South Africa. Nauti-Tech will now be promoting and selling the Actisense range of products. ...

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NMEA 2000® Gender Changers Solve Connection Problems

NMEA 2000® Gender Changers Solve Connection Problems

We have added 'male to male' and 'female to female' Gender Changers to our NMEA 2000 Micro Networking range of products. The Gender Changer cable ass...

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Actisense to participate at the NMEA 2000® ConnectFest at METS 2013

Actisense to participate at the NMEA 2000® ConnectFest at METS 2013

Andy Campbell, Chief Engineer, will be participating in the NMEA 2000® ConnectFest taking place on Tuesday 19 November at METS. With leading products...

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Engine Monitoring Unit hailed as Product of the Year at BMEA Awards

Engine Monitoring Unit hailed as Product of the Year at BMEA Awards

Actisense are proud to announce that the EMU-1 (Engine Monitoring Unit) has won a major industry award. The Product of the Year honour was awarded at ...

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Actisense MD to give Education Track seminars at 2013 NMEA conference

Actisense MD to give Education Track seminars at 2013 NMEA conference

Phil Whitehurst has been invited to give two technical seminars at the annual NMEA conference and expo, which takes place at the Sheraton San Diego Ho...

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Hundred more to benefit from disabled boat rides thanks to donation

Hundred more to benefit from disabled boat rides thanks to donation

Active Research Ltd, the Poole-based leisure marine technology specialists, have made a generous donation to a local charity, “Friends of Dolphin”, wh...

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New NMEA Buffer launched by Actisense

New NMEA Buffer launched by Actisense

Actisense, the market leading marine electronics brand from Active Research Limited, based in Poole, UK, have launched the latest version of their pop...

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Isolate your RS232 (PC) port to protect against ground loops

Isolate your RS232 (PC) port to protect against ground loops

Actisense, the market leading marine electronics brand from Active Research Limited, based in Poole, UK, are releasing their latest version of the pop...

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Phil & Michele run the 2013 London Marathon

Phil & Michele run the 2013 London Marathon

Phil finished in a very impressive 3hrs 38mins, knocking more than 10 minutes off his previous best time. He is now preparing for the North Dorset Vil...

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Case Studies

Actisense and US Developer Nobeltec collaborate

Actisense and US Developer Nobeltec collaborate

Powered by award winning Actisense technology, the Nobeltec NMEA 2000 Gateway (NGT-1-NBL) has been designed to transfer NMEA 2000 data from the NMEA 2...

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Actisense Collaborate with Raymarine

Actisense Collaborate with Raymarine

Managing Director of Actisense, Phil Whitehurst, commented “We are delighted to partner with Raymarine®, a global leader in marine electronics. Our co...

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Active Research Expands from Water to Wheels!

Active Research Expands from Water to Wheels!

The New South Wales State Transit Authority (STA) wanted a solution that would enable them to constantly know the location of their vehicles at any ti...

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Drumgrange Limited supplies Royal Navy with Actisense NBF-2-XIU

Drumgrange Limited supplies Royal Navy with Actisense NBF-2-XIU

James Latta, Project Manager at Drumgrange commented: “We approached Actisense to source a solution to provide multiple Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (...

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Documents

A2K-BULK-100M Datasheet

A2K-BULK-100M Datasheet

Datasheet

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A2K-MPT-1 Datasheet

A2K-MPT-1 Datasheet

Datasheet

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A2K-PMW-F Datasheet

A2K-PMW-F Datasheet

Datasheet

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A2K-TDC Datasheet

A2K-TDC Datasheet

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A2K-TER-F Datasheet

A2K-TER-F Datasheet

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A2K-T-MFF Datasheet

A2K-T-MFF Datasheet

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Actisense SDK User Manual

Actisense SDK User Manual

Manual

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DST-2 Datasheet

DST-2 Datasheet

Datasheet

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EMU-1 Flyer

EMU-1 Flyer

Datasheet

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NBF-2 Datasheet

NBF-2 Datasheet

Datasheet

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NDC-4 Datasheet

NDC-4 Datasheet

Datasheet

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NGT-1 Datasheet

NGT-1 Datasheet

Datasheet

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NGW-1 Datasheet

NGW-1 Datasheet

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OPTO-4 Datasheet Issue 1.00.pdf

OPTO-4 Datasheet Issue 1.00.pdf

Catalogue

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PC-OPTO-3 Datasheet

PC-OPTO-3 Datasheet

Datasheet

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QNB-1 Datasheet

QNB-1 Datasheet

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QPD-1 Datasheet

QPD-1 Datasheet

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USB-1 Datasheet

USB-1 Datasheet

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USG-1-B Datasheet

USG-1-B Datasheet

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  • 21 Harwell Road
  • Poole
  • Dorset
  • BH17 0GE

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