Last week we received the honor of being the most recognized company in the marine electronics field by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) at the prestigious 2015 NMEA Convention in Baltimore, Md. Garmin was named Manufacturer of the Year and received awards in four product categories: autopilot, multi-function display (MFD), mobile application—aid to navigation, and mobile application—end user utility.
For the third year in a row, we received an award in the autopilot category for its GHP Reactor Hydraulic Autopilot with SmartPump. The GHP Reactor was our 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.
We also took home top honors in the MFD category. The accolades went to the GPSMAP 7616, a 16-inch multi-touch widescreen chartplotter designed for mariners who demand high performance, ease of operation and feature integration. The GPSMAP 7616 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.
In today’s connected world, smartphone applications are essential tools for mariners. At this year’s awards, new marine app categories were added and both apps offered from Garmin won their respective categories. Garmin BlueChart Mobile, a route planning application with streaming weather capabilities, was named the best mobile application aid to navigation. And earning the top spot in the mobile application for end user utility was Garmin Helm, an application that allows mariners to view and control their chartplotter from a smartphone or tablet.
Our 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.