Navionics Reveals Advances in Chart Evolution at the Miami International Boat Show12 February 2015
After accepting an Innovation Award for SonarChart™ Live earlier in the day, Giuseppe Carnevali, president of Navionics, presented a number of new and improved technologies in marine and lake charts definition and open connectivity onboard, during the company's press conference held on Thursday, February 12th, at the Miami International Boat Show.
These charting advancements for plotter, mobile and PC, supported by the company’s “Want better charts? Go boating!" campaign, were demonstrated throughout the show. The message is simple and revolutionary at the same time. Through forward-thinking development, Navionics makes it simple for boaters to enhance the definition of their charts every time they are on the water.
SonarChart™ is the high definition layer that provides a continuous, crowd-sourced cycle of improved charting. Sonar logs from boaters contribute timely depth data used to create new SonarChart™ for plotter, mobile and PC. By simply recording sonar logs using B&G, Garmin, Humminbird, Lowrance, Raymarine and Simrad plotters or with Apple and Android devices using a Vexilar SonarPhone T-BOX, and sending the logs to Navionics, boaters are able to enjoy the results in a superior level of chart detail that only Navionics can offer.
Miami Innovation Award winner, SonarChart™ Live, the latest advancement in SonarChart™, allows Navionics Boating app users to view sonar recordings in an exciting real-time display on their Apple device connected with the Vexilar SonarPhone T-BOX transducer. A release for Android devices, as well as new plotter connectivity via NMEA 0183 compatible wireless routers will follow.
Crowdsourcing also occurs with Community Edits, where a very simple user interface offers a wide variety of icons that can be added to the map by millions of Navionics Boating app users for the benefit of all.
Autorouting for mobile apps is being enhanced to offer more effective navigation in high-traffic areas, allowing US boaters in coastal marine, Great Lakes, and major river areas to generate routes from dock to destination beginning this spring, followed by Canada and Europe releases.
Launching first in the US, Garmin plotters can now display SonarChart™. The new 4GB MSD chart card offers incomparable HD bathymetry with navigational aids, all the benefits of the sonar logs upload, and Freshest Data so charts can be updated every day.
Updates are available free for one year with the purchase of any Navionics product for plotter and mobile devices. Most chart cards from Navionics and other manufacturers including C-MAP, Fishing Hot Spots, Garmin, Lakemaster, Lowrance and TRAK Maps are accepted by Navionics for unlocking the Navionics Updates card. This provides the capability to get Nautical Charts, SonarChart™, Community Edits and one year of updates for only $99.
Navionics Web API allows Navionics charts to be incorporated into any third party website. The API can be up and running in as little as three minutes and supports overlay of points of interest and other third party data.
The Navionics Boating app for Windows, currently available on tablet and PC, will include a version for phones in spring 2015. A new Navionics partnership with Argonaut will offer Android users a marinized display that can replicate the Boating app.