NMEA hands out honors at annual expo

The NMEA presented product of excellence awards in 16 categories.
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The marine electronics industry honored several manufacturers with product awards at the annual National Marine Electronics Association International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, which was held Sept. 20-22 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla.

The NMEA presented product of excellence awards in 16 categories. Garmin repeated as manufacturer of the year in support, and Furuno's Doppler radar won the NMEA technology award.

Garmin’s GHP Reactor won for autopilot; Garmin’s GPSMAP 8624 won for best multifunctional display; Furuno’s DRS4D-NXT won for radar; Garmin’s GSD 26 won for fishfinder; Icom’s IC-M506 won for marine VHF radio; KVH TracPhone V3-IP won for satellite communications antenna; Lumishore EOS SMX152 won for underwater lights; and Furuno’s FAR2117 IMO Radar won in the commercial category.

KVH TracVision TV3 won for satellite TV antenna; Garmin’s AIS 600 won for AIS; Actisense NGT-1 won for NMEA 2000 Sensor; Garmin’s BlueChart 2.0 won for navigational aiding marine app; Garmin’s Helm won for technical marine app; FLIR M618CS won for marine camera; Fusion’s AV750 Marine Stereo System wont in the multimedia entertainment category; and ACR GlobalFIX V4 EPIRB won for safety and security.

Furuno’s DRS4D-NXT Doppler solid-state radar took top honors in the 2016 NMEA Technology Award competition from among 10 nominated products. The annual award scores new products based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value. An independent five-person panel of judges selected the winner. Judges included Certified Marine Electronics Technicians Don Ehrlich of Yachtronics, Brian Brousseau of Dockside Electronics and Dave Luce of Atlantic Marine Electronics, along with Editors Chris Woodward of Sport Fishing magazine and Jim Fullilove of Marine Electronics Journal.

“Our decision was not an easy one. We were impressed with the high quality and worthiness of all 10 entries,” the judges said in a statement. “We chose the Furuno NXT for several reasons. Its Doppler technology makes understanding the radar display easy for boaters — and enhances boating safety — by automatically and quickly tracking targets using ARPA and utilizing Doppler to turn targets red if they’re threats, while indicating which direction they are heading.”

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