New dash display from Navico
Up till now electronic displays have tended to be individual units with perhaps just the radar and electronic chart combined in one display (MFD).
Now Navico has introduced a new concept for electronic dashboard displays with just the one display screen that is capable of displaying all the navigation and monitoring information so that in fact it becomes the electronic dashboard rather than just an individual display. This new concept could not only simplify the job of the installer with just the one display to install but it could also reduce the clutter of individual displays found on many current dashboards.
Navico calls it their information display and it is claimed to be the first significant evolution of the multifunctional display. It combines a sleek design with a fully configurable interface that simplifies monitoring and control of onboard systems. At the heart of the system is a new, advanced, configurable graphical user interface that can display the information that a skipper needs. Navico claims that the experience-based software features pre-defined contextual modes that display all relevant data for the current boating situation. Pre-defined modes can include system checks, passage making and anchoring and these modes can also be easily configured to builder specifications to accentuate the utility of an individual vessel.
Consisting of a bonded-glass display and a powerful integration hub, information displays will be available with a choice of electronics from Navico companies including Lowrance, Simrad or B&G. Each solution consists of one or more displays bridged together to function as one integrated system. The centralized hub uses Ethernet, WiFi and Bluetooth® connectivity along with Sonar, USB, CAN and NMEA 2000® ports to connect to all onboard systems. Long-life display technology and an easy-to-upgrade hub installation simplify the change-out process for upgrades, which can be more challenging with off-the-shelf marine electronics products. This also ensures display compatibility across several model years for boat builders and also providing an upgrade path for users.
Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico commented “The days of cluttered, mixed-brand dashes are now a thing of the past as are the struggles of our boat builder partners to keep up with the latest in the design of marine electronics. Our information displays mark a new level of convenient access to navigation and critical vessel data and a new standard.”
By Dag Pike
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