The National Marine Electronics Association names 2018 award winners

Garmin’s Panoptix LiveScope beat 14 other competitors to win the coveted NMEA Technology Award at the 2018 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Product of Excellence Awards.

Ten manufacturers took home awards across 17 categories last week at the annual National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) Product of Excellence Awards.

More than 400 marine electronics manufacturers, dealers, distributors, standards developers, Coast Guard officials and others from the US and abroad attended the four-day Marine Electonics Conference & Expo, held Sept. 25 though 28, 2018 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

NMEA members selected the Product of Excellence Award winners through an online voting process and at the Conference & Expo.

For the coveted NMEA Technology Award,  Garmin’s Panoptix LiveScope won. “LiveScope is an innovative system that combines scanning sonar and live sonar to deliver easy-to-interpret real-time images of bottom structure, bait and fish to 200 feet below or around the boat even when the boat is stationary. When the boat is moving it continuously adjusts the sonar beams to compensate for motion,” the judges said. An independent four-person panel of judges selected Garmin’s as the Techonology Award winner based on innovation, benefit to boaters, practicality and value.

A list of 2018 NMEA Product of Excellence Award Winners

Autopilot—Garmin GHP Reactor
Multi-Function Display—Garmin GPSMAP 8624
Radar—Furuno DRS4DNXT
Fish Finder—Furuno DFF3D
Marine VHF Radio—Icom M605
Satellite Communications Antenna—KVH TracPhone V7-HTS
Safety Device—McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB
Commercial—Furuno FAR2127 IMO
Radar Satellite TV Antenna—KVH TracVision TV3 with HUB A+ AIS—Furuno FA170 Class A
NMEA 2000® Sensor—Furuno SC33
Marine App-Aids to Navigation—Nobeltec TZ iBoat
Marine PC Software—Nobeltec TZ Professional
Marine Camera—FLIR M625CS
Multimedia Entertainment—Fusion Apollo RA770
Remote Vessel Monitoring System—GOST Apparition SM GPS XVR
Marine App-Utility—(Tie) Airmar SensorCheck TDT1000 and Garmin Active Captain
Manufacturer of the Year for support of products in the field: Garmin