Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) 2009 – a Garmin overview
29 November 2009
Based on the foundations of innovation, performance, convenience and value, Garmin has come a long way since its humble beginnings as a two-man workforce in 1989. Now employing over 9,000 people and serving some of the largest marine OEMs worldwide, Garmin is a household name in sectors from marine electronics to aviation, fitness to automotive.
Sean Biddlecombe, General Manager for Garmin Europe said: “In terms of International markets, METS has always provided a platform for companies such as Garmin to meet new business prospects, strengthen relationships and showcase its product range.”
Garmin broke new ground when it introduced the flagship GPSMAP 5000 series at METS in 2007, the industry’s first fully touchscreen chartplotter with Auto Guidance caused excitement, suspicion and a large crowd to gather at the Garmin stand.
Reviews from “brilliant” to “unlikely to catch on” followed from the world’s press, and now three years later, the touchscreen format is here to stay with competitors large and small beginning to emulate this popular technology. Meanwhile Garmin has evolved Auto Guidance to become auto routing, bringing unprecedented integration between the pilot and chartplotter.
Nigel Craine, Marine Product Manager for Garmin said: “METS is the key event to make contact with international, professional and serious tradespeople.
“A lot of important meetings take place at METS and I would say it is the busiest consecutive three days in the marine industry calendar.”
METS 2009 saw Garmin launch a brand new range of Multifunction Display Chartplotters, the GPSMAP 6000 and 7000 series, yet again breaking new ground; these innovative MFDs harness the power of dual-processors to provide the fastest and smoothest navigation experience on the market – they really have to be seen to be believed!
The GPSMAP 6000 series offers incredibly fast, pan, zoom and redraw abilities, with the added benefit of 3D views and satellite imagery – all on a button controlled platform. The GPSMAP 7000 series also offers those fantastic features with a touchscreen interface.
Garmin also launched the AIS 600 – the company’s first AIS transponder with a unique active VHF antenna splitter and Cleartrack™ technology for uninterrupted AIS signal reception even when conducting a DSC call from the VHF.
The company also introduced a selection of Analogue to NMEA 2000 adapters which take simple resistive analogue data and convert it to NMEA 2000 protocol. The adapters include fluid level sensors, engine tilt, rudder angle sensor, trim tab, speed and more.
Nigel said: “The reaction to our new range of marine products was incredibly positive, we had a large number of visitors to stand, which makes us excited about prospects for 2010.
“The atmosphere at this year’s METS was definitely buoyant and upbeat – it goes to prove that despite the tough economic climate we have found ourselves in, the marine industry is still going strong.
“I believe that there is still a great passion for boats and whilst that remains, there will always be a marine equipment market to service it. 1200 stands at this year’s METS only highlights this fact.”
Lori Rosset – Press Officer Garmin (Europe) Ltd
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