NMEA hands out awards at annual conference

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The National Marine Electronics Association handed out its annual awards at the recent 2012 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo

Fusion Electronics received the Technology Award for the company’s high-performance 700 Marine Stereo Series.

Honorable mentions went to Furuno’s NavNet TZTouch multifunction display and SI-TEX’s AIS antenna splitter. Three members of Boating Writers International selected the winners from among 23 entries, based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value.

“As always, the NMEA convention is a feast of great marine technology,” Tim Queeney, editor of Ocean Navigator and Ocean Voyager magazines and chairman of the BWI panel of judges, said in a statement. “This abundance — 23 products were entered — makes judging the Technology Award especially tough. My ‘short list’ had nine products, and it was a struggle to pare that down to a winner and two honorable mentions.

“We felt the Fusion product scored well in every category. In terms of innovation, the Fusion 700 Marine Stereo Series uses the NMEA 2000 interface and was designed from the start to be a marine radio. In terms of benefit, this is a product with wide application to all kinds of boaters. Regarding practicality, its marine-first design gives it ruggedness to survive the marine environment and, when considering value, it does a great deal for a reasonable price.”

A unique feature of Fusion’s 700 Marine Stereo entertainment system is Fusion-Link, which enables boat owners and boatbuilders to utilize the NMEA 2000 backbone to repeat Fusion system data on remotes, displays, and navigation units as well as depth, speed, heading, and other data on a Fusion display without running extra cables.

Other awards also were presented at the conference, which was held Sept. 26-29 at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Fla. National Marine Electronics Association members from around the country selected the winners in several categories through a member voting process. They are as follows:

• Autopilot: Simrad AP80

• Fish finding: Furuno FCV587

• Radar: Furuno NavNet TZtouch TZT9 w/DRS4D

• Communication: KVH TracPhone V3

• Entertainment: KVH TracVision HD7 w/Tri-Americas LNB

• Navigation: Furuno NavNet TZtouch TZT14 multifunction display

• Marine specialty: Airmar Technology CHIRP Broadband Transducers; FLIR Systems M-324XP thermal imaging system

• Manufacturer of the Year-Support: Furuno USA Inc.

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