The National Marine Electronics Association said its awards committee has made changes and improvements to the NMEA Product of Excellence Awards and the NMEA Technology Award.
All of the awards will be presented at the 2016 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo on Sept. 22 in Naples, Fla.
Three new product categories — commercial products, multimedia entertainment, and safety and security — have been added to the Product of Excellence Awards.
The categories have been added to categories that include fishfinders, radars, autopilots, multifunction displays, satellite communications antennas, marine VHF radios, satellite TV antennas, AIS, underwater lights, NMEA 2000 sensors, marine apps (aids to navigation), marine apps (utility), and marine cameras.
Manufacturers that wish to nominate products must do so on the NMEA website by Friday. Online voting will begin July 26.
A separate award, the NMEA Technology Award, honors a single product as the most innovative among those that manufacturers nominate.
The NMEA Technology Award is selected by an independent panel of judges appointed by the NMEA Awards Committee. The makeup of that panel has been changed to include two NMEA certified marine electronics technicians and three marine electronics journalists.
The panel will assess products and select a winner on-site at the 2016 conference.
Manufacturers that wish to nominate their flagship product must do so on the NMEA website by Sept. 2.
“We’re all excited about this year’s enhanced awards program,” NMEA president and executive director Mark Reedenauer said in a statement.
“Like in 2015, we will see companies win awards that might not have been recognized before. The addition of three new categories reflects the technology expansion in the marine electronics market. Most significantly, the addition of a commercial award category strengthens NMEA’s expansion into the high seas and commercial market. We welcome any commercial manufacturer to become part of NMEA and enter their products.”