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Navico® — parent company to the Simrad®, Lowrance®, B&G® and C-MAP® brands — announced today the launch of a brand new category of marine technology — the information display (ID). Ushering in a new dawn of integration for boaters and marking the first significant evolution of the multifunctional display (MFD). IDs combine a sleek design with a configurable interface that simplifies monitoring and control of onboard systems — all with a look and feel that is as unique as the vessel itself.
Lowrance, Simrad and B&G Informasion Displays will debut in 2019.
Creating the ultimate boating experience, a new, advanced, configurable graphical user interface acts as the heart of the information display. Presenting the information boaters need, when they need it, the experience-based software features pre-defined contextual modes that display all relevant data for the current boating situation. Pre-defined modes include System Checks, Cruising, Anchoring and Water Sports. Custom modes can also be easily configured to builder specifications to best accentuate the utility of an individual vessel or to complement any boater’s passions (e.g. cruising, off-shore sport fishing, day sailing, passage making, tournament fishing and more).
Consisting of a bonded-glass display and a powerful integration hub, information displays will be available with a choice of Lowrance, Simrad or B&G electronics. 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 — not to mention providing an upgrade path for owners.