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lectronics and electrical equipment manufacturers continue to generate new and innovative products for the marine industry. A good example of these marine innovations was the electronics

category in this year’s IBEX Innovation Awards, where a record 90 entries were received, according to a Sept. 17 article written by Chris Landry for Soundings Trade Only. Many of the fast-paced tech advance-

to interface between a vessel’s NMEA 2000

uct manager of Power Products. “Of all

ments in the marine industry revolve

network and most cellular data services.

our new products, this one really reso-

around “connectivity”—technology that

nates because it solves a problem. Let’s

not only integrates marine electronics,

“It takes data from the vessel to the cloud

but also links them to the cloud and mo-

and then to devices off the boat, includ-

bile devices and computers.

ing mobile devices,” said Burke, whose

Although boaters might not see the value

business now offers Smart GPRS, which

of this product, many marine electricians

The idea of sharing data to make boat-

contains a cellular data modem and a re-

will find these nylon ties (which have a

ing easier and more enjoyable has long

movable SIM card to allow use on most

50-pound tensile strength) very useful. A

been a goal of marine manufacturers,

mobile networks, including AT&T’s new

stainless steel razor inside the tie’s re-

but it has now started to come to frui-

M2X data service, which offers a 10X re-

ceiving end plays the key role. After the

tion. IBEX’s Connected Boat Display il-

duction in monthly access charges.

tie has been pulled to its desired length

lustrated this technology. At least a dozen electronics, engine, and instrument

M2X (machine to cloud) is a product that

manufacturers participated with their

interfaces sensors directly to cloud ser-

products—an impressive demonstration

vices, such as Chetco’s

of multiple brand devices sharing data

data analytics website, with a monthly

across multiple networks.

access fee as low as $2 a device.

Simrad, Mastervolt, Honda, Faria, and

Jury-rigging gets easier

Antisense Marine Accessories were just some of the brands involved here.

One of the interesting new products at IBEX was a self-cutting cable tie from

Joe Burke, of Chetco Digital Instruments,

Ancor Marine, part of Power Products

designed the Connected Boat network for

LLC. “It makes wiring installations easier,

the second consecutive year. The big news

faster and more efficient—and requires

this year, according to Burke, is the ability

no tools,” said Matt Elsner, group prod-

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face it, cutting cable ties is a hassle.”