Announcing New Functionality for Simrad NSO, NSS and GO Systems
Egersund, Norway – Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today a software update for its NSO, NSS and GO series systems. The 20.0 update includes a wealth of powerful new features, including C-MAP Embark passage planner sync, NMEA 2000 update capability for Mercury VesselView Link, Naviop performance improvements, accessory control of Lowrance Ghost freshwater trolling motor and Rhodan trolling motors and more.
For compatible Simrad multifunction displays (MFD), the new software will offer C-MAP Embark passage planner synchronization, enabling boaters to sync user-created data such as routes, waypoints and tracks between C-MAP Embark and their MFDs. Boaters and anglers can use C-MAP Embark to plan upcoming trips on a smartphone, tablet or computer, keeping all the information they need to navigate or fish at their fingertips, all the time.
Previously, Naviop information has been accessed on a web browser running on Simrad MFDs. With this new upgrade, Naviop now runs natively as part of the operating system and is directly accessible via a Naviop button on the home screen. Integrating Naviop into the Simrad operating system yields faster runtimes, greater responsiveness and the capability to run full screen or as part of a split-screen.
VesselView Link Is a Mercury black box engine interface that bridges SmartCraft proprietary data onto the NMEA 2000 network. VesselView Link has traditionally been updated via a SD card, making it difficult to perform an update if it is installed in a hard-to-access location. With this software release, VesselView Link software updates can be run from a MFD over a NMEA 2000 network.
In addition, the update gives Simrad users control of accessories, previously not compatible with Simrad displays. For users of Simrad NSO evo2, evo3 and NSS evo3, the FLIR M232 pan and tilt camera – one of FLIR’s smallest and most affordable marine thermal cameras – can be viewed and controlled from their Simrad MFD. The new update also enables compatibility with the new WM-4 Marine Satellite Receiver. With the WM-4 and an active SiriusXM® Marine Satellite Weather or Fish Mapping subscription, boaters in North America can view weather and fishing data on top of the chart.
For users of Simrad GO series displays, a new ‘App’ instrument page is available with an improved look and feel that provides a refreshed, modern aesthetic that matches the design of the rest of the system. It also delivers improved performance of the instrument page in horizontal, vertical and split screens, allowing for more than a single instrument panel to be displayed; it also expands the selection and presentation of specific gauges. The upgrade also allows users to control compatible Power-Pole® anchors with battery management functionality and enables support for up to six Mercury engines.
“We are very excited to offer our Simrad customers this enhanced functionality,” said Knut Frostad, CEO, Navico. “We are not only constantly working on adding new features, but also making the features we have faster, more streamlined and easier to use.”
For more information on the software update, visit www.simrad-yachting.com.
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I stumbled on the new Simrad V20 update last week, loaded it in Gizmo’s little GO5 SXE, and think there’s even more to it than what’s in the press release.
Lowrance HDS LIVE, HDS Carbon and Elite Ti2 — plus B&G Zeus3 MFDs — also have v20 updates and I recommend at least checking out the software Addendum to see what’s in it for you. Direct links to software update pages here:
About the Flir M232. It’s my understanding that no Navico products will do IP video. Does this update give the mfd the ability to decode the IP vid stream from a 232?? These cameras are IP only, no analog out. Or is the IP to analog converter from Flir still needed but just the remote control pad is no longer needed because no screen does pan/tilt.
Good point, William, and happy to say that at least NSS EVO3 MFDs can now display and control a single Flir M232 over IP. Also they’re calling it Phase 1 IP support in the software notes so more is planned: