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Audio integration, satellite tracking, navigation, connectivity, this issue has it all. Check out some of the latest from Garmin, Fusion Electronics, LinkScape, Navionics and more.

Audio integration, satellite tracking, navigation, connectivity, this issue has it all. Check out some of the latest from Garmin, Fusion Electronics, LinkScape, Navionics and more.

Garmin implements Fusion-Link Entertainment Control Solution

Fusion, a company specializing in automotive, home and marine audio systems has worked with Garmin to incorporate Fusion-Link to Garmin’s 6000 and 7000 series displays. The program allows users to control the entire audio system from their Garmin multi-function display including multi-zone configuration. It also provides control of iTunes music libraries. An N2KCONN or MS-N2KSTART kit, required for installation, is sold separately.

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Global Satellite inconspicuous self-contained tracker

Global Satellite showed in Fort Lauderdale the GSatMicro tracker, which uses the Iridium network. The GSatMicro has 256-encryption for security. It measures only 42 x 51 x 32mm, including a 2.5 Amp Hour lithium polymer battery and antenna, which means it’s easy to hide on even a JetSki. It comes with USB connection, push-button locating, pre-programmed settings and an SOS transmitter. The device, when attached to the starter, can disable the engine in case the boat gets outside of established boundaries.


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Kessler-Ellis Products Marine debuts new widescreen displays

Kessler-Ellis Products (KEP) Marine’s line of marine sunlight readable displays and marine hardware and software products, is expanding. Literally. KEP’s new widescreen displays offer enhanced views of navigation software, vessel monitoring, web browsing, media and entertainment. Available in KEP’s sunlight readable, KEPlite, Glass Bridge and Pilot House series, the widescreen displays, encased in a rugged shell, provide crisp and clear pictures.

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LinkScape’s Next-Gen VSAT Platform

LinkScape this fall introduced an UltraVSAT platform powered by the Eagle Ultra modem. Compact and multifunctional, the system aims to serve as an intelligent platform that provides fast up and down links. The Eagle Ultra is a self-contained 1U appliance with integrated power supplies, modem and antenna controller (ACU/DAC). Complete installation uses only two cables that run from the modem to the antenna. UltraVSAT antennas start at 75cm, but the Eagle Ultra is compatible with existing SeaTel and Intellian installations. Some of the new features include greater flexibility and seamless updates, robust Ku and C band coverage across the world and customized ‘month at a time’ service plans. The Eagle Ultra can even manage other secondary Internet connections such as a Fleet Broad Band or Wi-Fi through the same interface with no additional hardware.

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Lowrance’s Enhanced Advantage Service Program

Lowrance recently announced additional service plans for its global consumer-support program. Five additional plans include the Certified Dealer Advantage, OnBoard Advantage, System Builder Advantage, SIS Advantage and 24 Swap Advantage.

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Navionics SonarCharts and enhanced mobile functionality

Navionics’ new high-definition SonarCharts compile Navionics’ survey data with information from several other sources (including sonar logs) to create a clear view of the seabed. Updated daily via downloadable upgrades, the SonarCharts will help boaters stay up-to-date on the cartography of the ocean floor.

The company also announced updates to its Apple app for enhanced functionality. The app now includes features SonarCharts™, Nav Module, Fuel Prices, Easy View, and Rate & Review.

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