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Garmin Adds Vesper Marine

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Garmin announced that it acquired Vesper Marine, a New Zealand-based manufacturer of communications and vessel-monitoring systems.

The Vesper line includes products for recreational and commercial users. Its Cortex system combines a VHF radio with its smartAIS transponder and remote vessel monitoring.

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“Vesper has pioneered a number of innovations in the marine communications space, with recognition across the industry for its emphasis on user-friendly and intuitive interfaces that make it easier to communicate on the water,” Jarrod Seymour, vice president of Garmin’s marine segment, said in a statement. “Together with the Vesper team, we look forward to providing an unmatched portfolio of integrated marine communications products and services.”

Vesper will join Garmin’s Auckland, New Zealand, facility and team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are excited to have the support from a marine technology leader like Garmin,” said Vesper co-founder Carl Omundsen. “This combination will allow Vesper to expand its capabilities and integration into the marine communication market to make an even greater impact in the boating industry.”

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