New Marine Electronics in 2022
Marine electronics manufacturers are now scrambling to keep up with the increasing demand for sonar systems, sonar, transducers and VHF radios. COVID-19 is to blame for the boat-buying frenzy and the resulting shortage of key electronic components, such as microprocessors and LED screens. The usual frenzied pace of new product introductions has been significantly slowed down as companies put off any further development. There are still many bright spots in the future of marine electronics in perth, especially when it comes communication, radar, camera system and wireless integration. These are just a few examples.
Raymarine Cyclone Radar
Raymarine’s Cyclone Chirp, Pulse-Compression, Solid-State Radar Series is an aircraft-inspired open-array radar system that includes Doppler, bird, navigation, and unlimited dual-range modes. RangeFusion technology simultaneously displays short and long ranges. The scanners measure only 13.2 inches high and are 51 pounds. Cyclone is available in 3-, 4-, and 6-foot arrays with a 55-watt pedestal or 110-watt motor, as well as variable rotation speeds.
Garmin Surround View
Surround View by Garmin is a six-camera system that looks forward, astern, and to both sides. This allows for maximum visibility in tight areas. Surround View displays an overhead stitched view with 360-degree video views. It can be used on compatible Garmin chart plotters and multifunction displays. Captains have the option to view one or more cameras at once with the bird’s-eye image. Or zoom in and pan around using individual camera views. You can also use it to augment reality features such as distance markers and visual bumpers.
Furuno 19-Inch NXT Radar
Furuno DRS2DNXT has a 19-inch radome that is compatible with NavNet TZtouch MFDs. The Furuno DRS2DNXT features solid-state Target Analyzer Doppler technology and RezBoost beam sharpening. FTT (Fast Target Tracking), bird, rain, and dual-range capabilities. Target Analyzer can detect green echoes as stationary targets, land masses or targets approaching at less that 3 knots.
Icom IC M510 VHF with WLAN
The Icom IC-551 fixed-mount radio combines VHF and mobile phone technology. It offers built-in control via Icom’s WiFi function for up to three smart phones. You can turn your phone into a remote mic or controller using the RS-M500 application. The M510 color TFT LCD screen can display real-time AIS traffic information thanks to an integrated AIS receiver.
Airmar SmartBoat System
Airmar Technology Corp.’s SmartBoat system converts sensor communication protocols into NMEA 2000. It can handle a variety of sensors and functions, including accessory switches, voltmeters and fuel-flow monitors. Airmar’s SmartFlex View browser tool allows you to set up alerts on a mobile or laptop via the Airmar CAST App.
Siren 3 Plus Boat Monitor
Siren Marine’s Siren 3 Plus utilizes the Siren Marine app with a cellular subscription. It can remotely track the boat’s location, battery level and bilge-water levels, as well as temperature, and send instant alerts to the owners in the event of an emergency. The system can be outfitted with wireless sensors as well as hard-wired functions, such as a battery monitor and an entry sensor for theft or vandalism protection.
JBL Wireless Control
The Bluetooth-compatible JBL Click can be used in conjunction with the JBL R3500 wake source unit to create an audio-control system for marine audio using a paired smartphone. The flexible silicone strap can be attached almost anywhere including to the steering wheel. A mobile device’s screen allows you to play, pause, advance tracks, adjust volume, and even change the song.
Lowrance Premium App
Lowrance’s new app offers premium upgrades such as custom depth shading for C-Map nautical charts. This is a key feature to boating anglers. It also includes offline maps, AIS reception, tracking, five-day weather overlay and GPS navigation data.
Koden Intelligent MFDs
Koden’s KM-1100 (10.4 inch display) and KM-1210 (21.5 inch display) MFDs include Android
Operating systems, networking features, fingertip navigation control, and operating systems. These MFDs also include built-in AIS transceivers, variable range rings for dynamic track, target overlay, and built in networking capabilities. $1,699 on the KM-1100 and $3,699 on the KM-1210; sitex.com
Navionics Boating now has an upgraded Connections feature. This allows anglers within the app to create a network to share information before, during, and after trips. You can share fishing hotspots and saved tracks with the recipient if you both have active Navionics subscriptions.