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“Garmin Earns Top Awards” Garmin In­ter­na­tional, Inc., an­nounced that it was named “Man­u­fac­turer of the Year” for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

Garmin In­ter­na­tional, Inc., an­nounced that it was named “Man­u­fac­turer of the Year” for the third con­sec­u­tive year, an hon­our given to the most rec­og­nized com­pany in the ma­rine elec­tron­ics field for its support of prod­ucts in the field, voted on by mem­bers of the National Ma­rine Elec­tron­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (NMEA®). Garmin also dom­i­nated the NMEA’s Prod­uct of Ex­cel­lence Awards with eight wins in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: radar, au­topi­lot, multi-func­tion dis­play (MFD), mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion - aid to nav­i­ga­tion, mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion util­ity, fishfinder, AIS, and mul­ti­me­dia en­ter­tain­ment. The hon­ours were an­nounced at the pres­ti­gious 2017 NMEA Con­ven­tion held last week in Belle­vue, Wash­ing­ton.

“As the world’s lead­ing ma­rine elec­tron­ics man­u­fac­turer1, we’re hon­oured to again be rec­og­nized by the in­dus­try for our con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to de­sign, man­u­fac­ture, sell and support in­dus­try-lead­ing prod­ucts,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice pres­i­dent global con­sumer sales. “We are in­cred­i­bly proud and hum­bled by th­ese recog­ni­tions and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to move the ma­rine in­dus­try for­ward by de­liv­er­ing first-class hard­ware, soft­ware and support.”

For the sec­ond year in a row, Garmin won the MFD cat­e­gory for its GPSMAP® 8624, a 24-inch all-in-one touch­screen chart­plot­ter that boasts the high­est screen res­o­lu­tion on the mar­ket. The GPSMAP 8624 comes preloaded with both BlueChart® g2 coastal and LakeVü HD in­land maps, and is fully net­work com­pat­i­ble for support of radar, au­topi­lot, in­stru­ments, mul­ti­ple screens, sen­sors, re­mote sonar mod­ules, dig­i­tal switch­ing, ther­mal cam­eras, and more.

FU­SION®, a Garmin brand, also re­ceived con­sec­u­tive hon­ours in the mul­ti­me­dia en­ter­tain­ment cat­e­gory, this year for the AV755 Ma­rine Stereo Sys­tem, a NMEA 2000-cer­ti­fied ma­rine-ready DVD/CD player with Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity that can be con­trolled from a com­pat­i­ble MFD.

For five years run­ning, Garmin re­ceived the top spot in the au­topi­lot cat­e­gory, this year for its GHP Re­ac­torTM Hy­draulic Au­topi­lot with SmartPump. The GHP Re­ac­tor was Garmin’s first recre­ational au­topi­lot sys­tem to uti­lize AHRS tech­nol­ogy and boasts the us­abil­ity, in­stal­la­tion flex­i­bil­ity, and many other features that prove to be valu­able for any ves­sel.

The new Fan­tomTM 24 radome with Mo­tionS­copeTM tech­nol­ogy took top hon­ours in the radar cat­e­gory. The Fan­tom radars use Dop­pler pro­cess­ing and have rev­o­lu­tion­ized the way mariners use radar, as its Mo­tionS­cope tech­nol­ogy in­stantly de­tects and high­lights tar­gets in dif­fer­ent colours as they move to­ward or away from the boat, help­ing to iden­tify col­li­sion threats faster.

Smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tions are es­sen­tial tools for mariners in to­day’s con­nected world, and Garmin’s mo­bile app of­fer­ings were once again rec­og­nized. Garmin BlueChart Mo­bile, a route plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion with stream­ing weather ca­pa­bil­i­ties, was named the best mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion aid to nav­i­ga­tion; and Garmin HelmTM, an ap­pli­ca­tion that al­lows mariners to view and con­trol their chart­plot­ter from a smart­phone or tablet, won for mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion util­ity.

Other Garmin prod­ucts hon­oured in­clude the GSDTM 26 black-box sounder 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.

Garmin’s port­fo­lio in­cludes some of the in­dus­try’s most so­phis­ti­cated chart­plot­ters and touch­screen mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays, sonar tech­nol­ogy, high-def­i­ni­tion radar, au­topi­lots, high-res­o­lu­tion map­ping, sail­ing in­stru­men­ta­tion and other prod­ucts and ser­vices that are known for in­no­va­tion, re­li­a­bil­ity and ease-of-use.

For decades, Garmin has pi­o­neered new GPS nav­i­ga­tion and wire­less de­vices and ap­pli­ca­tions that are de­signed for peo­ple who live an ac­tive life­style. Garmin serves five pri­mary busi­ness units, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive, avi­a­tion, fit­ness, ma­rine, and out­door recre­ation.

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