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Garmin wins NMEA award for second year running


GARMIN has been awarded Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) for the second year in a row.

In addition to being named Manufacturer of the Year during the annual NMEA Conference in the US last week, Garmin received seven Product of Excellence Awards in the following categories: autopilot; multi-function display (MFD); mobile application – aid to navigation; mobile application – utility; fishfinder; AIS; and multimedia entertainment.

For the fourth year in a row, Garmin received an award in the autopilot category for its GHP Reactor Hydraulic Autopilot with SmartPump.

Garmin also took out this year’s Multi-Function Display (MFD) award with the GPSMAP 8624, a 24-inch chartplotter that boasts the highest screen resolution on the market.

Garmin also did well in the smartphone category with its BlueChart Mobile, a route planning application with streaming weather capabilities, being named the best mobile application aid to navigation, and Garmin Helm, an application allowing boaters to view and control their chartplotter from a smartphone or tablet, won the award for mobile application utility.

Other Garmin products recognised include the GSD 26 CHIRP professional sonar module with broadband spread-spectrum signal technology, in the fishfinder category; and the AIS 600, a blackbox transceiver that sends and receives vessel information and AIS target data, in the AIS category.

For more information, or to see the full range of marine products visit the Garmin website.

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