The latest “ball buster” product from Simrad is the new Simrad Precision-9 electronic compass.
It has not gotten very much attention – maybe because Simrad is downplaying the most important part of the product – it outputs Heave data – at a sensible price point (about 40% less of what the cheapest other Heave Sensors cost)
Navico today announced updates to the GoFree Insight Genesis program. The Insight Genesis program is Navico’s “Custom Mapping and Content system” for the Navico range of chart-plotters that encompass the Simrad, Lowrance and B&G brands.
With GoFree Insight Genesis you can upload sonar logs recorded on multifunction chart-plotters in the Navico range. After some cloud processing GoFree Insight Genesis allows you to download your personalized contour maps to your devices.
Well that did not take long – Raymarine has entered into a license agreement with Navico for DownScan sonar technologies. The terms of the patent license and resolution are confidential says Raymarine.
So court case out – and Raymarine is now officially licensed to use the DownScan technology from Navico. (Navico is the owner of Simrad, B&G and Lowrance)
So what about Garmin then. 🙂 DownVu could be next?
Lowrance has [finally] released the HDS Gen 2 software update for Lowrance Gen 2 Touch and “normal” Lowrance Gen 2 units.
The new features are:
Support for GoFree wireless remote operation with the Lowrance WIFI-1 module – so you can “remote control” your HDS Gen2 from iDevices and Android devices. [HDS/Touch]
Insight Genesis compatible – so you can create your own maps – but unfortunately still limited to very few locations around the world. If you are not in an approved location – you can’t create an account and use Insight Genesis [HDS/Touch]
Map/Chart sharing – Share your Navionics/CMAP or Insight maps with other HDS Gen 2 units [HDS/Touch]
Navionics Depth contour shading and highlights [HDS/Touch]
Navico/Simrad has announced today that the current lineup of chartplotters will support Jeppesen C-MAP MAX-N at launch time. The MAX-N charts look like they might be a “special” version of the normal MAX maps – made especially for Navico.
The C-MAP MAX-N will be compatible with Lowrance Elite-7, HDS Gen1, Gen2 and Gen2 Touch plus Simrad NSS, NSE and NSO – and B&G’s Zeus Touch multifunction displays.