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I SEE YOU!

The latest device from FLIR now puts thermal imaging right in the palm of your hand.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

I remember the first time I ever had the opportunity to use a thermal imaging camera. It’s one of those boating moments that becomes a, ‘hey, I could get used to this!’ experience. Kind of like way back when I checked out a Loran unit—yes, shipmates, unlike some of you, I remember that technology—or switched on a GPS chartplotter.

The boat I was delivering, decked out to the electronic nines, had a FLIR night vision camera display at the helm and, while coming into a harbor I had never visited, dead of night, no moon, I decided to have a look. Eureka! There they were; boats at anchor, buoys, channel markers, all clearly visible and giving me a safe, slow bell path to the town dock.

With a complete line of sophisticated thermal imaging systems including the hand-held personal First Mate II and BHM Series, the MD, M, Voyager, and the top-of-the-line MU Series, FLIR now has something for those of you with iPhone5 and 5S smartphones: FLIR ONE™

FLIRONE_ViewEUsing special sensor technology that was originally developed for military night vision, FLIR ONE converts heat, which is emitted from every object on earth, into color images. These color images allow users to not only see in the dark, but to also observe differences in temperature of fractions of a degree. FLIR ONE’s powerful capacity to augment human vision opens up a new world of possibilities for consumers.

FLIRONE_ViewB-1The device fits on the phone case and displays live thermal imaging in both stills and video right on the phone’s screen. FLIR ONE comes with the MX APP™, free from the Apple APP Store, and provides a variety of functions that, according to the company, make it easy to collect and share compelling and useful thermal images. It can load captured images directly to the camera roll and allows users to easily share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels, among many other features. FLIR ONE also houses its own battery source that can power the device for more than two hours of continuous use. It can also be configured to boost iPhone5 and 5s battery life by up to 50 percent. FLIR ONE will be available for selected Android models later this year.

For more information about this exciting new FLIR product, or any of the other fine electronics in the thermal imaging line up, visit the company Website at http://www.flir.com

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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm-Series integrates with FLIR M and MD-Series thermal cameras

FLIR Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) and Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announce the full integration of the Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm-Series multifunction device and FLIR’s popular M and MD-Series thermal night vision cameras. Boaters can now access and control FLIR’s premium thermal imaging using Garmin’s new flagship multifunction displays.

“This is an exciting collaboration with our friends at Garmin,” said Lou Rota, FLIR’s VP of Maritime Sales. “FLIR thermal night vision cameras and Garmin’s flagship multifunction displays complement one another perfectly, making nighttime navigation easier, safer, and stress-free for all levels of boating.”

M-Series_Garmin8000Available in single (thermal only) and dual (thermal and lowlight or color video) payloads, the award-winning M-Series is powerful, flexible and built to last. Its waterproof gimbal enclosure provides 360° pan and 90° tilt, horizon-to-horizon visibility. FLIR’s MD-Series is a more compact and affordable fixed-mount thermal night vision system loaded with features.

The GPSMAP 8000 Glass Helm-Series provides the most powerful, technologically advanced, and easy-to-use chart plotting solution Garmin has ever offered. The GPSMAP 8000 now includes complete control of FLIR Thermal Night Vision Systems, along with sonar, integrated autopilot, engine data, and more.

“We’re very excited to integrate FLIR thermal night vision cameras with our GPSMAP Glass Helm-Series,” said David Dunn, senior manager of Garmin marine sales.  “Garmin strives to bring the most user-friendly, intuitive products to the market and now having the ability to access and control FLIR thermal cameras will make for an even better and safer experience for the boater.”

For more information, visit the company Websites at http://www.flir.com; http://www.garmin.com

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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Electronics Update

I think we can all agree that one of the most groundbreaking areas in our boating lives has come in the electronics sector. When I first started, all we had back then were our paper charts, dividers and parallel ruler, a watch, and a compass. I even remember getting my first Loran set and thinking what would come next! So, to keep everyone updated here at the Boat & Yacht Report, we’ll do our best to get you the latest in all the current technology that will make your boating experience a bit more enjoyable and of course, as safe as can be. -Capt. Ken

McMurdo Smartfind M5 AIS Class A Transponder

First up is a neat gizmo from McMurdo. The McMurdo Smartfind M5 AIS (Automatic Identification System) Class A Transponder gives mariners the ability to view at a glance the AIS status of vessels all around them and provides access to a host of detailed navigation information.

The Smartfind M5 with mounting bracket can be a welcome and helpful addition to your electronics display.

The Smartfind M5, shown here with MOB screen and mounting bracket, can be a welcome and helpful addition to your electronics display.

AIS is an automatic tracking system used on ships and boats and by vessel traffic services (VTS) for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships, AIS base stations, and satellites. Once the domain of larger ships, advanced technology has now made this type of safety equipment available to smaller, recreational vessels.

Smartfind M5 is a flexible, low-cost, easy to install, user-friendly AIS Class A transponder, incorporating a fully comprehensive AIS MOB (Man Overboard) and AIS SART (Search and Rescue Transponder) alarm to aid MOB recovery. It provides on-screen Indication and internal buzzer when any AIS SART/MOB TXID (Transmission Identification) is received, an optional remote waterproof (MOB / alarm) sounder is also available. It also allows a “buddy list” of the vessels own AIS MOB IDs and associated crew name and has a steer to rescue MOB casualty target screen. The AIS MOB alarm feature is compatible with the McMurdo S10 AIS Beacon, Smartfind S20 SRS and other AIS SART devices. More info: www.mcmurdomarine.com.

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THE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: KITS BOLSTER CELL PHONE/INTERNET CONNECTIVITY ANYWHERE

Enjoying life on the water or the road doesn’t have to mean a loss of connectivity. The new dual band Aura and Halo cellular booster kits from Shakespeare improve AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon cell phone and internet reception on a boat or RV, or in any location where phone signals are weak.

The unique compartmentalized design of these cellular boosters increases call clarity for multiple users in areas up to 6,000 sq. ft. Units feature a tough metal casing that ensures durability and weather resistance. Installation is simple, requiring no special tools or tech skills.

sha21608hShakespeare’s booster kits not only enhance cell phone reception, they also improve a phone’s battery life. The energy-efficient Aura booster consumes less than 20W, and the Halo, less than 30W. Their tough metal casings provide durability and weather resistance.

Compatible with virtually all US 2G and 3G networks, the Aura CA-VAT kit betters reception for up to five users simultaneously. Its indoor directional panel antenna and adjustable dials maximize signal strength throughout a vessel or other space.

Accommodating up to eight users, the Halo model works with virtually all US 2G and 3G networks. It also boosts 4G networks via a carrier-specific configuration (AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon). This full-featured kit poses the ideal solution for large vessels or spaces with poor signal, or those that require large

coverage. Halo’s completely integrated CA-V, CA-T and CA-A amplifier kits combine PCS and cellular dual-bands with 4G frequency, resulting in dramatically improved 4G speed for faster uploads/downloads with no buffering. Tower proximate technology automatically recognizes when signal overload to cell towers occurs. In addition to having manually adjustable dials for each frequency, the Halo model comes with built-in automatic shutdown.

Each kit includes CA-V, A or T amplifier, outdoor and indoor antenna, coax cable and a user manual. The AC power transformer for all models provides AC110V, 60Hz input and DC 12V/6V output; 12V/6V DC power is optional for the Aura. LMR240 cable is recommended for the Halo and Aura booster kits, which provides added flexibility and reduced circumference to ease installation. Shakespeare offers a two-year warranty on all its models. More info: www.shakespeare-marine.com.

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GOST® Security, Monitoring & Surveillance Systems
Integrated with KVH® and FLIR® Products
 

GOST Watch HD VIP Series packages provide high-definition surveillance using a high-speed internet connection through the KVH line of mini-VSAT Broadband systems, along with a penta-band GSM/CDMA cellular data communicator for use when in cellular coverage areas. The KVH mini-VSAT has the ability for intelligent “best use” network management switch that will automatically prioritize cellular data via the GOST G3G-GSM/CDMA communicator when inside cellular range and will automatically switch the data feed to the KVH mini-VSAT pipe when the boat is outside of cellular coverage.

The new GOST Watch HD VIP Series Packages include everything needed to remotely monitor all activities on board the vessel from anywhere in the world via computer or smart phone over the internet. There are several different packages available to meet the needs of yacht owners and crews. These packages combine the KVH and cellular data modules with the assorted line of GOST cameras and IVR recorders accessible over the internet. Watch live video of the yacht as it leaves the harbor or view activities in the salon, staterooms or engine room via the GOST Watch HD website or iPhone and Android apps. Cameras can be set to record clips to the website based on motion detection and sent via email to the designated recipients. Camera motion detection can be armed and disarmed by using the included push button. The system can accommodate up to 6 cameras per login.

A winning trifecta to cover security concerns giants  available with the integration of GOST, KVH, and FLIR products.

A winning trifecta to cover security concerns are readily available with the integration of GOST, KVH, and FLIR products.

Vessels equipped with the GOST Watch HD System and FLIR M-Series thermal night vision cameras will have access to remote streaming video surveillance of onboard cameras. Customers will be able to completely control their FLIR M-Series cameras as if they were on board with a FLIR ‘puck’ on screen that looks exactly like the puck used for control on board. The easy-to-use, web-based pan, tilt, zoom and mode control interface on the GOST Watch HD website works like the control puck on board, with a few modifications that enhance the capabilities for remote surveillance. The most noteworthy of these modifications is a one touch “Surveillance Scan” button that instantly performs a peripheral sweep of the area immediately surrounding the vessel.

GOST Watch HD allows users to remotely monitor up to six analog cameras per login at one time to capture activity onboard and around a vessel from anywhere in the world over the internet using any computer or smartphone. GOST Watch HD apps allow customers to access and view their cameras with the touch of a button from their iPhone or Android devices.

The award-winning M-Series is FLIR’s premier line of maritime thermal night vision systems. Single-payload (thermal only) and dual-payload (thermal and lowlight or color video) M-Series are housed in a rugged, waterproof gimbal enclosure with 360° pan and 90° tilt fields for horizon-to-horizon visibility. http://www.gostglobal.com; http://www.kvh.com; http://www.flir.com

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2014 in Electronics Update

 

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M-618CS INTRODUCES GYRO-STABILIZED
THERMAL NIGHT VISION

 High-Resolution Thermal Night Vision with a Color TV Camera

FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced the release of the latest addition to its industry-leading M-Series family of thermal night vision cameras, the new gyro-stabilized M-618CS.

This exciting new M-Series camera offers powerful new features, including:

High resolution thermal night vision – 640 x 480 resolution, along with 2× and 4× E-Zoom, provide clear, detailed images from farther away than you ever thought possible, even in total darkness.

Extended range performance –  The M-618CS’s 35 mm thermal lens can detect small vessels from over 2 miles away, giving you more time to see and avoid potentially dangerous situations.

Active gyro-stabilization – Provides steady imagery, even in rough seas; this is critical for getting the most out of the M-618CS’s long-range cameras.

Color TV camera with 10x optical zoom – Continuous zoom can match the thermal camera’s e-zoom for easy operation when switching between cameras.

Housed in a rugged, waterproof gimbal enclosure that provides continuous 360° pan and +/-90° tilt capability, the M-618CS provides horizon-to-horizon coverage, and incorporates cutting-edge Ethernet connectivity for easy installation and control. No one else has ever offered all of these cutting edge features at this price point.

The M-Series Control Unit makes for safe, easy, and intuitive operation.

About FLIR Systems: Pioneers in all aspects of infrared technology, FLIR designs, manufactures, and supports thermal imaging systems and subsystems for industrial, scientific, government, commercial, and firefighting applications. With a nearly 50-year history of infrared innovation, +400,000 systems in use worldwide, and development centers and sales offices in over 60 countries, FLIR is the world leader in thermal imaging technology. Learn more about the M-Series, and other of FLIR’s maritime products, at www.FLIR.com/cvs/maritime.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Electronics Review

 

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e7 Wins the Best New Boating Product Award at Newport!

Raymarine’s new e7 Multifunction Display is judged the best in a competitive field of 32 boating products.

Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, announced that its all new e7 multifunction display was selected as the “Best New Boating Product” at the 2011 Newport International Boat Show.

“Raymarine is honored to win this prestigious award,” said Jim Hands, Director of Marketing for Raymarine.  “The entire global Raymarine and FLIR development teams have worked tirelessly to deliver innovative technologies that make boating fun and safe, and the e7 is proof these efforts have paid off.   The e7’s built in Wi-Fi expands charts, sonar, radar, and thermal night vision beyond the helm   all without wires. It’s truly amazing technology. “

Acting as a Wi-Fi server, the e7, allows boaters to stream live video from the e7 to their iPad or iPhone. This allows anyone on board to see whatever is on the e7’s display – thermal video, navigation charts, radar, sonar, or anything that the e7 can display – all on their mobile iOS device anywhere on board. Bluetooth connectivity lets boaters control and reconfigure the e7 with the optional RCU-3 wheel-mounted or handheld remote control unit. The RCU-3 remote can also be used to control the audio playback from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod remotely so that these devices can be stowed safely out of the elements.

The e7 is remarkably easy to use, with Raymarine’s HybridTouch™ technology allowing boaters to choose touchscreen or keypad control, and the new LightHouse user interface, which makes customizing the MFD layout and display as easy as dragging and dropping on-screen elements where the user wants them.

The Newport International Boat Show marks the unofficial start of the fall boat show season and is a premier event for showcasing new products.  In addition to the e7, Raymarine introduced the new i70 instrument, p70 autopilot, and the new TH Series handheld thermal cameras at the Newport show.

For additional product information please visit www.raymarine.com

About Raymarine: Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors. The Raymarine product lines include radar, autopilots, thermal night vision, GPS, instruments, fishfinders, communications, and integrated systems. Raymarine is a division of FLIR Systems, a world leader in thermal imaging. For more information about Raymarine in the USA call 1-603-881-5200 or visit www.raymarine.com.

About FLIR Systems: Pioneers in all aspects of infrared technology, FLIR designs, manufactures, and supports thermal imaging systems and subsystems for industrial, scientific, government, commercial, and firefighting applications. With a nearly 50-year history of infrared innovation, hundreds of thousands of systems in use worldwide, and development centers and sales offices in over 60 countries, FLIR is the world leader in thermal imaging technology. Visit the company’s website at www.FLIR.com

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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NEW AIS PRODUCTS FROM RAYMARINE

Raymarine, the world leaders in marine electronics is proud to announce the new AIS650 Class B AIS Transceiver, and the AIS350 AIS Receiver. Engineered for seamless integration with Raymarine multifunction navigation systems, the AIS650 and AIS350 bring a new level of situational awareness and safety to sailing, cruising and fishing boats.

Operating in the VHF maritime band, the Automatic Identification System (AIS) enables the wireless exchange of navigation status between vessels and shore-side traffic monitoring centers. When interfaced to a compatible chartplotter or radar display, boaters immediately benefit from being able to see the surrounding vessel traffic plotted and updated automatically.

AIS650 is a Class B transceiver unit, meaning it allows full participation in the AIS network by receiving data from other vessels as well as transmitting data about its own navigational status to other AIS-equipped vessels. This “see and be seen” capability significantly improves navigational safety by making the boat visible on the chart and radar displays of much larger vessels. It also presents the captain with a comprehensive picture of the AIS-equipped vessel traffic around him right on his own chart and radar screens.

AIS650 also has a user selectable “Silent Mode” which can be enabled right from the Raymarine MFD interface, or by connecting an optional toggle switch to the unit’s silent mode circuit control. Silent Mode allows the captain to temporarily suspend broadcast of identifying information on occasions where privacy or security are desired. AIS650’s built-in Secure Digital memory card reader can be used for recording AIS data for later analysis, or for configuring the system’s vessel identification static data. The AIS650 includes a 50-channel GPS receiver with built-in integrity management software, which ensures the GPS positions reported by the system are of the highest accuracy possible.

The AIS350 is a receive-only product designed for small boats wanting the increased situational awareness benefit of AIS, but not wanting the Class B transmitting capability. This low-cost alternative brings many of the safety advantages of AIS to a wider range of vessels than ever before. AIS350 features a new dual-channel receiver design for fast acquisition and download of AIS traffic data.

Both new Raymarine AIS products are built on a new ultra-compact chassis that is at least 50% smaller than previous generation AIS products. Both models feature multiple data interfaces including NMEA0183, SeaTalk-NG and USB (universal serial bus) for easy integration with PC-based navigation solutions. Both AIS products also support the NMEA2000 interface standard making them compatible with a wide array of 3rd party navigation products.

The AIS650 will be available nationwide from Raymarine’s network of authorized dealers and OEM integrators beginning in July 2011 with the AIS350 arriving shortly thereafter. The AIS650 has an MSRP of $999 and the AIS350 has an MSRP of $549.

About Raymarine
Raymarine, a world leader in marine electronics, develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Designed for high performance and ease of use, the award-winning products are available through a global network of dealers and distributors. The Raymarine product lines include radar, autopilots, GPS, instruments, fishfinders, communications, and integrated systems. Raymarine is a division of FLIR Systems, a world leader in thermal imaging. For more information about Raymarine in the USA call 1-603-881-5200 or visit www.raymarine.com.

About FLIR Systems
Pioneers in all aspects of infrared technology, FLIR designs, manufactures, and supports thermal imaging systems and subsystems for industrial, scientific, government, commercial, and firefighting applications. With a nearly 50-year history of infrared innovation, +100,000 systems in use worldwide, and development centers and sales offices in over 60 countries, FLIR is the world leader in thermal imaging technology.

FLIR Commercial Systems, Inc.
27700 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville, OR 97070
Direct: 503.498.3293 | Mobile: 503-919-0696
www.FLIR.com

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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