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New Interactive Display to be Introduced at IBEX - The Connected Boat Features Latest Integrated Technologies & Cloud Computing

August 7, 2014

BROOKLIN, Maine, Aug. 7 -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association issued the following news release:

The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) will feature The Connected Boat, a dynamic interactive display demonstrating how various vessel subsystems can be interconnected using existing network technologies. The display will be ongoing in the Electronics Pavilion in the exhibit hall at the Tampa Convention Center, September 30-October 2.

"This is an exciting time for the marine industry as on-board vessel gateways now link to internet driven consumer devices for global remote access and monitoring," said Joe Burke, CTO, Chetco Digital Instruments, IBEX's partner in creating The Connected Boat. "We are pleased to be working with IBEX to bring together an exciting, informative and interactive display on the show floor with sponsored demonstrations on how companies are working together to offer integrated systems. Cloud base data access is now available for the marine industry, and vendors will be offering the newest hardware and software products which link services, internet platforms, and leverages web technologies for analysis and maintenance."

The Connected Boat, sponsored by Simrad-Navico, will feature a dozen companies showcasing live products and systems integrated from helm to stern including analog sensors, CAN bus, RS232, NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wireless 802.1 b/g/n, Wi-Fi, MiFI, Cellular, Satellite, and global internet. Exhibitors participating in The Connected Boat display will demonstrate how these supported technologies can work together to provide operator access to vessel information on-board and from shore including Marinco/Mastervolt, Blue Sea Systems, Simrad-Navico, Seastar Solutions, Dometic Corporation, Gemeco Marine Accessories, Faria Marine Instruments, Garmin USA, Mercury Marine, Honda Marine, Livorsi Marine, Lowrance-Navico, Westerbeke Corporation, and Lumishore USA LLC, to name a few. There are a few pedestals still available in the display. For more information on how to participate, visit

"It's amazing how many marine systems can now be monitored from the palm of your hand. The new Connected Boat display will showcase the most sophisticated technologies available today," said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. "People expect to be connected, and boat owners are no exception. Integrated systems not only keep the boat owner informed, but they also allow the manufacturer to stay connected to their customer - which is invaluable. This display should not be missed."

There will be other live demonstration areas at the show including the IBEX 3D Digital Workshop, where attendees will see ongoing demonstrations of 3D printing and scanning technologies applicable to the marine industry; and Material ConneXion a showcase of advanced fabrics and materials having a big impact for marine companies. The event will also feature on-water displays where companies including Elco Motor Yachts, Honda, JL Audio, JL Marine Systems, Mercury Marine, Nauticus, SeaStar Solutions, Simrad-Navico, Torqeedo Inc, UFLEX USA, Veedims, Volvo, and Yamaha will showcase their products directly from the water on their boats.

[Category: Manufacturing]

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