GoFree Track Vessel-Monitoring System
Connecting a boat directly to the Internet yields such benefits that electronics manufacturer Navico—parent company to Simrad, Lowrance, and B&G—introduced GoFree as an additional, separate brand to focus on capturing and harnessing a boat’s data. Track modules monitor, record, and transmit vessel data such as rpm, engine hours, battery levels, oil pressure and temperature, coolant temperature, fuel burn, and more via the NMEA 2000 and J1939 diesel protocols. The unit also harvests NMEA 2000 data such as depth, boat speed and heading, wind speed and direction, and fuel-tank levels. A service technician could mine the data to diagnose problems more quickly and accurately. Additionally, GoFree Track monitors bilge levels and pumps, onboard temperatures, shore power and battery status, and even access doors using multiple sensors, with alerts sent to contacts via e-mail or SMS text messages. It wouldn’t be Internet-ready in today’s world without a social component and the GoFree Vessel Web interface complies with a trip-recording feature that tracks speed, charts the location, and inserts photos to illustrate the timeline, which can be shared with friends and family.