The US Coast Guard has recently been experimenting with both synthetic electronic buoys (buoys which locate an AIS signal on a physical buoy) as well as totally virtual buoys (AIS-visible buoys where no physical buoys exist). BoatUS recently posted an article describing this experiment (click BoatUS e-AToN Article). The Technology Web Site Panbo, sponsored by PMY, Soundings, Sail, and PassageMaker magazines, also has an informative post with more information about these new proposed electronic aids to navigation (click Panbo e-AToN Article).
How much do you know about these new technologies? Would you use them if they were available in your cruising area? Weigh in with your comments either here on this forum or on the GLCC Facebook Page which features a similar post on this USCG iniative.