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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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BoatUS Report

BoatUS: We Aren’t Out of the Woods Yet on Navigation System Concerns

Public Comments to FCC Needed by March 1

A reliable GPS system is critical for safe navigation, says BoatUS.

Last summer, over 18,000 boaters along with many other GPS users wrote the FCC asking the guardian of the nation’s airwaves to stop plans by LightSquared, the builder of the proposed broadband network, until independent tests proved there would be no interference with GPS devices which operate on adjacent frequencies. LightSquared originally asked the FCC for permission to build 40,000 network ground stations across the country. Recent government reports concluded interference issues with the GPS system could not be overcome.

“Despite the great news last week that the FCC has acknowledged interference issues with the LightSquared proposal, we’re not ready to declare a victory,” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. “Given this company’s tenacity over the last year, we want to make sure that boaters’ needs are remembered as the FCC makes their final decision.”

Here is how to file comments to the FCC through their online comment form:

  1. Click on this link for the FCC’s Electronic Comments Filing System: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/hotdocket/list
  2. Select “Proceeding Number 11-109.”
  3. Enter contact information.
  4. In the box that says “Type in or paste your brief comments,” here’s some important points to select from: • Explain how you use GPS in your life – on the water, on land or in the air. • What would happen to your business/personal life if GPS became unavailable or unreliable? • Wireless broadband service is important, but it should not come at the expense of GPS. • All the studies show that LightSquared’s proposed network would cause interference and that there are no remedies. • Tell the FCC that you rely on them to protect the integrity of the GPS signal and that you support their recommendation to stop LightSquared’s current proposal.
  5. Click “Continue.”
  6. If the review page is correct, click “Confirm.” Done!

If you have any trouble, you may contact the FCC ECFS Helpdesk at 202-418-0193 or email at ecfshelp@fcc.gov.

About BoatUS: BoatUS – Boat Owners Association of The United States – is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing over half a million members with government representation, programs and money-saving services.  For membership information visit www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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FCC Course Change Promising for Boaters

Agency Acknowledges GPS Interference Issues with LightSquared Plan

Recreational boaters who rely on global positioning devices to keep them safely on course can breathe a sigh of relief since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans on Tuesday, February 14 to revoke conditional approval of a proposed cellular telephone network that could interfere with GPS signals. The decision came after the U.S. Commerce Department advised the Commission that “At this time there are no mitigation strategies” that could prevent interference with GPS signals if the cell phone network planned by a private company, LightSquared, were to be built as proposed.

“This is a significant development for all GPS users,” said BoatUS President Margaret Podlich. “The FCC, as America’s guardian of our airwaves, needs to protect the integrity of the GPS system. It is one of the most important, reliable, and critical elements in navigation today – on boats, in the air, and on land.”

According to Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), many boat owners use GPS chartplotters or carry hand-held GPS units – essentially electronic maps – to safely navigate and steer clear of shoals and other hazards, sometimes in unfamiliar waters. Last summer, BoatUS mounted a campaign to slow down the federal approval process until adequate testing could be done. BoatUS’ “Don’t Mess With GPS” campaign delivered over 18,000 comments to the FCC from concerned boaters all across the country.

LightSquared had originally asked the FCC for permission to build 40,000 cell phone ground stations across the country that would expand broadband cellular telephone service. In a February 14 letter to the FCC, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration said tests indicate that the network would “…cause harmful interference to the majority of general navigation GPS receivers tested,” and in addition, noted that “handset transmissions have the potential to impact General Navigation GPS receivers.”

 “While the news is positive for America’s boaters, we aren’t out of the woods yet,” added Podlich. The FCC is hosting a 15-day comment period ending March 1 to solicit feedback on their plans to revoke LightSquared’s conditional permit. “In the next few days we will be looking at options for gaining GPS users’ input on the issue and will post this information at www.BoatUS.com/Gov.”

About BoatUS: BoatUS – Boat Owners Association of The United States – is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing over half a million members with government representation, programs and money-saving services.  For membership information visit www.BoatUS.com or call 800-395-2628.

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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