Digital Yacht Ltd.’s BOATraNET, a wireless server for onboard navigation networks, was named winner of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Technology Award for 2011. A three-member Boating Writers International (BWI) judging panel selected the winner from 13 entries, based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value.
The NMEA Technology Award was presented at the recent 2011 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference and Expo held at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa in Fort Myers, FL.
Introduced in 2009, the Technology Award recognizes recently introduced products that advance technology within the marine electronics industry.
“We saw many amazing technologies that will be making boating better for years. But one product seemed to define a new category in marine electronics,” said Ben Ellison, BWI Awards Chairman. “It’s a small power-efficient server designed to deliver information and services to any platform on a boat with WiFi and a browser or app that understands HTML5. It can, for instance, store and serve a yacht’s entire set of owner’s manuals. It can also control multiple media being output from the server to a marine stereo or serve the same media to the individual device in the boater’s hand. It includes a light charting application and can display NMEA 0183 instrument data, with NMEA 2000 in the certification process. It can also be a boat’s own Internet hotspot when connected to a high-power WiFi client, cellular modem, or satellite communications system. And, finally, the protocols it uses to broadcast NMEA data over WiFi are open source, so companies and individuals can develop their own apps on top of the system. In short, the product offers a lot of valuable services right out of the box, and its future is nearly unlimited.”
The annual conference and expo also included the NMEA Product and Manufacturer of the Year Awards for 2011. For this series of awards, marine electronics dealers from around the country select winners in several categories through a mail-in voting process.
The winners were:
Simrad AP24/AP28 Autopilot System
Furuno FCV295 Digital Fish Finder
Furuno NavNet 3D DRS Ultra Hi-Def Radar Series
Standard Horizon Matrix AIS+ GX2150
KVH TracVision M1
Furuno NavNet 30 MFD12 Multifunction Display
1st Place, FLIR M-Series 324XP Thermal Imaging Camera
2nd Place, Furuno SC30 Satellite Compass
Manufacturer of the Year