IBEX13 #2: Simrad NSO evo2, a new multi-touch glass helm architecture

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

11 Responses

  1. Taniwha says:

    Hi Ben,
    Any idea of pricing?

  2. Taniwha says:

    Ben, a question about the NSS s/w upgrade you mention.
    Any idea what the equivalent B&G Zeus Touch s/w version is?
    I went with the Zeus Touch vs the NSS because of the extra sailing features, but I assumed that it was identical s/w but with those few extra tweaks to align with Navico’s new branding segmentation which you reported on earlier in the year.
    So, after reading about NSS 3.0 above, I searched for Zeus Touch s/w, and found that they’re on v1.1.143. So obviously a different numbering system. (The release is dated 15th July here: http://www.bandg.com/en-US/Products/Zeus-Touch-7/Zeus-Touch-v1-Software-Update/
    Could you please ask your contacts at Navico about the relationship between NSS & ZeusTouch s/w versions and upgrade releases?
    I’d expect that since they’re positioning ZeusTouch as having more functionality than NSS that they’d get software updates first, but it doesn’t seem like it.
    Also, it’d be interesting to know if they’re working on the 2-fingered “pinch to zoom” function, which currently isn’t part of operating an NSS or ZeusTouch.

  3. Noel Sterrett says:

    The Zeus Touch v1.1.143 appears to be the B&G parallel of NSS 3.0 with similar added features.
    I’ve used the NSS for a while, but I really like the sailboat specific features of my Zeus, particularly the SailSteer screen. It reminds me of an aircraft display.

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Noel, but I doubt the earlier Zeus software is the same as the new NSS 3.0. It’s a bit confusing as B&G doesn’t list the update features like Simrad does, and one 3.0 feature — display of GRID weather data — was first seen on Zeus.
    I’ll try to get answeres here at NMEA Conference or maybe someone from B&G will pipe up.

  5. Noel Sterrett says:

    While the version numbers are quite different, the bulk of the code is the same for both units, as is the hardware (the only exception is the logo).
    The main differences at this point between feature sets (e.g., SailSteer for Zeus) has more to do with marketing than software development stages.
    I’m impressed with Navico’s product integration and pleasantly surprised they opened up the network with GoFree and an SDK (I can imagine the arguments against doing so).
    Now if they just allow third party apps…

  6. Xavier Itzmann says:

    Amazing news about OP40 and NSS control.
    I have an OP40 controlling a remote Zeus 12 being displayed on a marine monitor in the cockpit, and left of that monitor, I have a Zeus Touch. The OP40 is optimally and perfectly positioned for right hand use and both the 1st mate and I are right handed.
    I have been accessing the Zeus Touch via its own interface, but I have discovered that for most functions it would be so much more convenient to hit the “display 2” button on the OP40 and control the Touch via the same OP40. Muscle memory and ergonomics, you know.
    I once spoke with a Navico rep and he did not think it likely that the Zeus Touch would ever accept OP40 control, but clearly this issue has been solved on its NSS sister.
    When you speak with the Navico guys, maybe you can eke out confirmation that they will not leave Zeus Touch/OP40 owners stranded?
    Thank you in advance,

  7. adrian says:

    Hi, I was talking to a navico rep just yesterday at a boat show in Auckland. I was explaining that due to the layout of my helm that I was intending to fit a Lowarance HDS 12 touch as it was far more aesthetically pleasing to me than the the simrad HSS unit. My layout demands a free standing unit and the Lowrance just looks far sleeker with the wide screen and low profle case. His advice was to wait a couple more months but he wouldn’t be specific. So was he refering to evo2 running a diferent screen or is there another simarad unit coming ? Thank you Adrian

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Sorry, Adrian, I can’t really help you. But I will note that the NSO evo2 was also shown at NMEA, the web page is purportedly going up soon, and I hear that the system will get a big splash at the Fort Lauderdale Show in less than a month. Therefore “a couple of months” sounds like another product.

  9. Taniwha says:

    Hi Ben,
    Did you have any luck getting any more info regarding the NSS vs ZeusTouch software at the NMEA show?

  10. Ken Hamric says:

    Also interested to hear info on the NSS vs Zeus Touch software – have the Zeus Touch and Fusion IP700 on our boat, and the Fusion radio integration will be a welcome capability!

  11. David Lee says:

    i have installed two 19″ MO touch screen monitors and an op40 controller to a NSO2 processor using HDMI and Serial connections and get no touch screen. Connected 1 16″ MO touch screen to a NSO2 processor fired up worked great touch screen. Simrad told me to switch Processors, I did and now get no touch screen on any monitor. switched processor back, is now corrupted and no touch screen any ideas

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