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MIAMI 2014: Navionics marks 30 years with new-product launches

Navionics used a Thursday press conference at the Miami Beach Convention Center to tout its 30th anniversary as a leader in digital cartography and announce the introduction of a new app and wireless smartphone-to-plotter synching.

“Can you imagine boating without electronic charts? We consider it unthinkable,” Navionics president Giuseppe Carnevali said.

The company’s new app, Navionics Boating. is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play for Apple and Android mobile devices and offers the same detail found on GPS chart plotters, the company said in a statement.

Additional charts and advanced feature upgrades, such as SonarCharts, Nav Module, Autorouting and Advanced Map options, are available for purchase.

Navionics also announced the expansion of its Plotter Sync functionality for use beginning this spring with Raymarine Wi-Fi-enabled multifunction displays. With the Navionics app’s GoFree feature, charts updated on a smartphone can be wirelessly transferred to all Raymarine multifunction displays with Navionics software.

“We are creating a connected, seamless ecosystem,” Carnevali said.

Navionics also announced expanded compatibility, including Plotter Synch, with Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brand multifunction displays.

Carnevali touted Navionics’ unique “community editing” feature, which allows users to add changes to their local waters and share those with the Navionics community. He said 100,000 community editing contributors have made 500,000 edits to existing charts designed to refine and improve accuracy.

“We are doing more than any other [cartography] manufacturer or government agency to provide the freshest data updates,” Carnevali said, “and plan to continue to do so for the next 30 years.”

The company, founded in 1983, has grown to 500 employees in eight countries.