A newly created Industry technology Award aims to “celebrate innovative design, benefits to boaters, practicality and value,” according to the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA).
The award will highlight the annual NMEA Product Awards, presented each year by the independent Boating Writers International at the NMEA convention, to be held from September 30 to October 2 in Fort Myers, Florida. Recipients of all the Product Awards, including the new Technology Award, will be announced at the banquet on the final day of the convention.
Because the NMEA Industry Technology Award focuses on innovation, only products that have been released and delivered since the previous year's convention are eligible for consideration. Manufacturers can nominate just one product, and it must be a product that they sell.
Founded in 1957, the NMEA has led the way in establishing technical standards for data exchange in marine electronics, with the widely accepted NMEA 0183 data protocol, NMEA 2000Â® and certification standards for marine electronics technicians. NMEA has conducted the Product Awards nominations for more than 20 years.