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NAVIONICS Receives 2015 MIBS Innovation Award
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posted 02-15-2015 10:48 AM ET (US)
The Navionics SonarCharts Live has been recognized at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) with a 2015 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award in the category of CONSUMER ELECTRONICS, APPS & SOFTWARE. Note that this is the only category of consumer electronics considered by the award panel, and it combines hardware and software, dedicated marine devices and mobile devices, all into one category. Navionics was the only manufacturer recognized in this category.
Excerpts from Navionics press release follows:
A recorded demonstration of SonarCharts Live can be found at:
Simultaneously with the announcement of the innovation award, Navionics also introduced enhancements to their SonarCharts. The most significant portion of the announcement seems to be at the ability of these SonarCharts products to be used with GARMIN-brand chart plotters. Previously the Garmin devices were quite parochial about using only their own brand of digital cartography, but with this announcement it appears that Garmin and Navionics have begun a partnership which permits Garmin chart plotters to use the SonarCharts product from Navionics.
Some confusing descriptions of these products can be found at
The general feature that I understand is these products are able to use crowd-sourced SONAR data, and to use the recorded data from a number of chart plotter products, including the already mentioned Garmin, plus:
--NAVICO's B&G, SIMRAD, and LOWRANCE chart plotters
This seems like a nice achievement for Navioncs. They have persuaded or made deals with all major marine recreational electronic chart plotter makers to provide support for their SonarCharts product.
Now we just need to figure out exactly what SonarCharts and SonarCharts Live really are, and what special features they provide.
It is curious that Navionics was able to make a deal with NAVICO, as NAVICO has just embarked on a very similar effort at crowd-sourced SONAR data with their Insight Genesis product.
For crowd-sourcing to be really effective, there should be a commonality for the method. A crowd can generate a lot more useful data if everyone in the crowd is contributing the data in a format that can be used by everyone else. The notion of making crowd-sourced data a proprietary data more or less flies in the face of the concept of crowd sourcing.
posted 02-15-2015 12:01 PM ET (US)
Do you think NOAA will join this consortium? With recreational sonar/chartplotters technology now at "survey grade' this would save us taxpayers a ton of money.
posted 02-15-2015 01:17 PM ET (US)
If NOAA got involved, they'd probably want to use some scientific standard format like XGIS or who-knows-what, and it would become too complicated. It's like trying to view a patent on-line from the government: you need some crazy TIFF viewer instead of a more common format.
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