NMEA Announces 2014 Marine Electronics Product Award Winners

Following the wrap up of its Conference and Expo, the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) named its 2014 product winners in 11 categories. The event was held from October 8 to 11 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort and Spa in Fort Myers, Florida.

Several marine electronics manufacturers secured multiple awards. The winners by category include:

Multi-Function Display (MFD) – Furuno's NavNet TZtouch TZT14 MFD
Autopilot – (two winner tie) – Garmin's GHP 20 with GHC 20 and SmartPump & Raymarine's Evolution Autopilot System
Fish Finder – Furuno's FCV587 Color LCD Fish Finder
Radar – Furuno NavNet TZtouch TZTBB w/DRS6A UHD Radar
Marine VHF Radio – Icom's IC-M506 VHF Marine Transceiver
Satellite Communications Antenna – KVH Industries' KVH TracPhone V3IP
Satellite TV Antenna – KVH Industries' KVH TracVision TV1
Computer Based Software – Nobeltec's TimeZero Catch
Marine Specialty – (two winner tie) – FLIR's FLIRMD-625 Thermal Camera System & GOST's Watch HD App
Manufacturer of the Year – Furuno USA
BWI Technology Award Winner – FLIR's FLIR MV-604CL & Honorable Mention: Simrad's NSS12 evo 2

"We are very proud to have been recognized by the industry and our peers at this year's NMEA convention,' said Jay Keenan, President, GOST. "Our GOST Watch HD app brings the power of our latest vessel monitoring technology right to a smartphone or tablet – functionality that the industry and end users have firmly embraced. This award is a testament to our commitment to deliver technologies that safeguard assets while providing peace of mind to boat owners and crew.'

“We are delighted that our superior thermal night vision technology and the Raymarine Evolution autopilot with its nine-axis sensor technology were recognized as truly innovative products that transform the boating experience,' said FLIR President and CEO, Andrew Teich.

"Winning a NMEA award is especially meaningful because the recognition comes from skilled professionals who have firsthand experience with the installation and performance of our products, as well as those of our competitors,' says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH Chief Executive Officer. "They work with our TracVision and TracPhone systems every day, and we consider their recognition as the highest honor.'

This year's conference included a special panel that featured CEOs from Navico, FLIR/Raymarine, and KVH Industries to discuss the future of the marine electronics. Panel members included Kits van Heyningen of KVH Industries; Andrew Teich of FLIR/Raymarine; and Leif Ottosson, CEO of Navico.

Next year's NMEA Conference and Expo is tentatively scheduled to take place in Baltimore, Maryland from September 30 to October 3.