System integration remains technology focus

Panoptix Livescope Panoptix Livescope uses phased arrays in high frequency. Credit: Garmin
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Connected technology will remain a key part of boatbuilding as more systems are integrated at the helm.

Chartplotters will become a central part of boats, while technology will be fully integrated with platforms outside the boat, where internet and satellite communication is important, explained Garmin's Pontus Fernstrom, EMEA marine segment director.

“All electrical systems on the boat are being tied together in a way to make boating easier for the captains,” he said. “The boats will be more and more connected to give a greater experience when you are not onboard.”

Scanning sonar

The company’s live scanning sonar Panoptix Livescope uses phased arrays in high frequency, which has taken scanning sonar to the next level, explained Pontus. “Now we have made it so you can see live in great detail what is happening under your boat even when the boat is not moving. You will actually see the fins of the fish swimming under your boat.”

Garmin began using phased array’s in its high-end sonar systems a few years ago. “This means that a single ping creates multiple simultaneous beams in the desired direction.

“Multibeam is able to capture information and create many directional sonar beams in a single ping.  Each beam provides depth and direction information allowing a true two-dimensional image to be created,” added Pontus.

In the future, systems will be more integrated with onboard propulsion and manoeuvring systems to manage difficult situations, as already seen by developments such as automatic docking, she predicted.

On the software side, there will most likely be other type of business models where these complete onboard systems are fully customised to the actual activity of the vessel.

New Garmin products include the GC 100 marine camera, GMR Fantom radar 54/56 and Fantom radar 124/126 and satellite communicator, the inReach Mini.

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