FarSounder and Navtor launch partnership

FarSounder and Navtor radar

FarSounder and Navtor have announced a new partnership, with FarSounder now providing support for Navtor’s electronic navigational chart (ENC) data in its own base software package for customers.

Navtor creates e-Navigation tools and FarSounder’s Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar is designed to provide safe navigation by detecting ocean obstacles. The companies say the partnership brings an impactful software update for Argos technology.

“By implementing the Navtor ECDIS Kernel in the FarSounder platform, we bring official electronic navigational chart display to FarSounder customers for optimal safety, awareness and flexibility,” says Bjørn Kristian Sæstad, chief quality officer and chief business development officer OEM at Navtor.

“A significant benefit of this partnership is the integration with Navtor’s e-Navigation ecosystem. The cloud-based data distribution keeps everything up to date, with the latest charts and publications delivered seamlessly to the vessel. For vessels with an ECDIS installed, there is now the option to have matching map displays on both their ECDIS and FarSounder radar system.”

Cheryl M. Zimmerman, CEO FarSounder, comments: “In this release, users will not only have support for Navtor ENC data included, but they will also be able to bring up automatic identification system (AIS) targets and automatic radar plotting aid (ARPA) targets in the chart viewer. Support for new NMEA message types associated with AIS and ARPA targets has been added and are easily displayed on the FarSounder stand-alone system. With this additional information, customers have a complete understanding of their surroundings on one screen.” 

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