FLIR Systems, Inc. announced a slate of new technologies launching for their award-winning, Raymarine-branded Axiom® line of multifunction navigation displays (MFD). Visitors to the FLIR and Raymarine booth at the Miami International Boat Show this week were invited to see Axiom’s LightHouse™ Apps, the Raymarine LINK™ mobile app, and Axiom integration for UAVs.
Available in a forthcoming LightHouse 3 version, LightHouse Apps brings select Android-compatible mobile and third-party marine apps to Raymarine’s family of Axiom MFDs. With LightHouse Apps, Raymarine users can use Axiom to stream onboard entertainment from popular movie and music streaming services. LightHouse Apps also brings access to the Theyr GRIB global weather forecast and tide apps.
With the launch of LightHouse Apps, Raymarine is making it easy for marine manufacturers, app developers and technology providers to integrate with Axiom and the LightHouse 3 OS. The first LightHouse Apps on display at the Boat Show are the Seakeeper gyro stabilizer control and mazu mSeries global satellite communications. The mazu mSeries app allows users to send messages, receive weather forecasts, and monitor their vessel from anywhere in the world.
The new Raymarine LINK mobile platform for iOS and Android allows Raymarine users to plan, sync and control their Axiom navigation display from their mobile device. For example, Raymarine LINK allows users to plan waypoints and routes while away from the boat. Once onboard, LINK synchronizes waypoint and route plans automatically. Raymarine users can also access trip logs, screen shots, and video recordings from the Raymarine LINK mobile app. Review trip logs at home and share trips, screenshots and video captures with friends. Raymarine LINK also provides backup for all MFD settings and keeps your Raymarine gear up-to-date with the latest feature and software updates.
This marine electronics industry first allows boaters to connect to their UAV, then control and view images directly from the Axiom display. This patent pending technology now brings a hands-free, aerial view to the water, ushering in a new era of UAV control and video
possibilities for anglers and boaters. Currently compatible with DJI Spark and Mavic UAV drones, features include single button launch/track/record functions, GPS link for various “follow” modes, and real-time video streaming on the Axiom MFD.
LightHouse Apps, the Raymarine LINK mobile app, and Axiom UAV integration will be available in the second quarter of 2018.
FLIR Systems, Inc. also unveiled their most advanced solid-state marine radar, the Quantum® 2 with doppler target identification technology. Designed for integrating with Raymarine’s award winning Axiom® multifunction displays, Quantum 2 enhances boater’s situational awareness by intelligently identifying moving and static targets at both long and short ranges.
Using advanced doppler processing, Quantum 2 is tuned specifically to detect the radar echo frequency shift returned by moving versus stationary targets. Quantum 2 then colour codes moving targets to indicate whether they are getting closer (red) or moving away (green). In addition, Quantum 2 brings a new Safety Sector feature that highlights and colour codes any potentially dangerous static targets within 200 metres in front of the vessel, making it easier for captains to recognise immediate hazards to navigation.
Advanced users and professional captains will appreciate Quantum 2’s 25-target mini-automatic radar plotting aid (MARPA). Developed originally for the United States Coast Guard and other fast response craft, Quantum 2’s MARPA feature is doppler-assisted, meaning inbound contacts can be acquired automatically by the radar display. This eliminates the need to manually acquire targets or define guard zones, thus reducing the workload on captains and eases navigating congested waterways.
Quantum 2 also features CHIRP Pulse Compression technology using compressed radar pulses to display targets like boats, marine marks, landmarks, rocks, and weather cells with unsurpassed resolution and separation quality. At only 5.6 kg (12.3lbs), Quantum 2 weighs up to 50 percent less than traditional magnetron radars. Quantum 2’s flexible design allows for Wi-Fi networking to Raymarine multifunction displays (MFDs) or via traditional wired configuration, making installation much easier and eliminating the need for additional radar cabling or interface boxes.
Quantum 2 will be available worldwide in the second quarter of 2018 through Raymarine’s authorised network of dealers and retailers starting at US$ 2895.00 RRP.