Digital Switching Systems Launches New Keypad with Seakeeper

Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) May 26, 2008 -- Digital Switching Systems, LLC, (DSS) a leading provider of electronic and mechanical switching systems to the marine and transportation markets, announced that it launched a new keypad solution based on the Controller Area Network (CAN) protocol. Developed in conjunction with Seakeeper, Inc., a developer of motion control devices for boats less than 50 meters, this keypad is designed to function as a fully-compatible user input device on a CAN-based system.

“The Seakeeper keypad is the first in a series of product offerings by DSS to satisfy the growing market demand for plug-and-play components,” said Ken Wood, DSS vice president and general manager. “In addition to straight CAN, we plan to roll out market specific protocol variations including J1939 and NMEA 2000.”

“It was exciting to work with DSS on this new initiative,” said Bill Fejes, chief operating officer of Seakeeper, Inc. "Their extensive expertise in CAN-based applications made our decision to partner with them an easy one.”

About Seakeeper, Inc.: Seakeeper was founded in 2002 for the purpose of researching, developing, and marketing motion control devices for boats less than 50 meters by Shepard McKenney and John Adams. McKenney previously owned Hinckley Yachts and developed their innovative JetStick™ technology, a fly by wire control system for jet powered boats. Adams previously owned a ship motion control company which, under his leadership, became the world leader in motion control for high speed ships. From 2002 through 2007, McKenney and Adams, completed the research and development for the SEAKEEPER GYRO and began manufacturing and sales of the product. The company’s headquarters and engineering facilities are located in Solomons, Maryland. For more information, call (410)-326-1590 or visit

About Digital Switching Systems

Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., Digital Switching Systems, LLC is a leading provider of reliable and cost-effective electronic and mechanical switching solutions to the marine and transportation marketplaces. The Pi-Series® line of products and solutions offers to marine, RV and emergency vehicle builders a wide variety of user input devices, coupled with advanced functions and features beyond discrete switching. For more information, please contact DSS at (919) 881-0889 or at

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Press Release Submitted On: May 22, 2008 at 1:43 pm
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