FarSounder and NAVTOR have announced a new partnership through which FarSounder can include support for NAVTOR official ENC chart data in its base software package.
FarSounder and NAVTOR both aim to protect the ecosystem and keep vessels and passengers safe, making them a good match. They share the same core goals: to preserve the oceans through innovation and technology while also focusing on the customer. This partnership will enable them to explore the many ways in which they can work together to achieve this goal.
A Safer Look Ahead
NAVTOR creates safe, simple and efficient e-Navigation tools. Similarly, FarSounder’s Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar provides safe navigation by detecting many ocean obstacles via an easy-to-understand user interface. This 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 (ENCs) to the FarSounder customers for optimal safety, awareness and flexibility. A significant benefit from this partnership is the integration with NAVTOR’s trusted 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,” says Bjørn Kristian Sæstad, CBDO OEM/SDK at NAVTOR.
Toward Safer Voyages
“In this release, users will not only have support for NAVTOR ENC chart 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,” says Cheryl M. Zimmerman, CEO at FarSounder. “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.”
FarSounder and NAVTOR believe that this partnership will help them to better protect the ocean and to ensure the best experience for their customers.