Monday, February 17

Garmin’s New LiveScope Sonar Wins Prestigious NMEA Technology Award. Plus: 17 Other Winners

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Garmin’s ground-breaking new Panoptix LiveScope sonar just beat 14 other competitors to win the prestigious Technology Award at the recent National Marine Electronics Association annual meeting. The Technology Award is the most coveted of the NMEA awards. The NMEA also handed out 17 Product of Excellence Awards at its four-day meeting in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Panoptix LiveScope lets you see all around your boat in real time and in three dimensions. Built for cruising or fishing, it has transducers in Forward or Down configurations. If you point the transducer down, you can see directly below the boat; point it forward and you can look ahead. Either way the device produces sharp scanning sonar images up to 200 feet away, and the view automatically changes on a compatible Garmin chartplotter screen.

The NMEA’s four-member panel of judges said, “LiveScope is an innovative system that combines scanning sonar and live sonar to deliver easy-to-interpret, real-time images of bottom structure, bait and fish to 200 feet below or around the boat even when the boat is stationary. When the boat is moving, it continuously adjusts the sonar beams to compensate for motion.”

The NMEA Product of Excellence Award Winners:

Autopilot: Garmin GHP Reactor

Multi-Function Display: Garmin GPSMAP 8624

Radar: Furuno DRS4DNXT

Fish Finder: Furuno DFF3D

Marine VHF Radio: ICOM M605

Satellite Communications Antenna: KVH TracPhone V7-HTS

Safety Device: McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB

Commercial: Furuno FAR2127 IMO

Radar Satellite TV Antenna: KVH TracVision TV3 with HUB A+AIS – Furuno FA170 Class A

NMEA 2000 Sensor: Furuno SC33

Marine Apps-Aids to Navigation: Nobeltec TZ iBoat

Marine PC Software: Nobeltec TZ Professional

Marine Camera: FLIR M625CS

Multimedia Entertainment: Fusion Apollo RA770

Remote Vessel Monitoring System: GOST Apparition SM GPS XVR

Marine App-Utility: (Tie) Airmar SensorCheck TDT1000 and Garmin Active Captain

Manufacturer of the Year for support of product in the field: Garmin

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