MIBS 2015: Raymarine, Icom, Lowrance, B&G, FLIR, Blue Sea and drones

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.

8 Responses

  1. Zack says:

    I wonder if non axis cameras/encoders will work with gamins new MFD’s?
    I did a little “theoretical” research and looked up some pricing:
    the AXIS video encoder that garmin used a Miami is around 1000$ !!!
    also seen in this demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxckKmo19so
    Raymarine requires ONVIF profile S,RTSP,H.264,DHCP for 3rd party camera support as stated in page 64 of ray marine install/operators manual for the a-series chart plotters.
    I wonder if this 4 channel video encoder by Grandstream would work as it meets all of Raymarines requirements and can be found new for around a 100$
    or even maybe use cheap 40$ ip cameras that support OnVIF:
    There must be a cheaper way to do ip video networking with gamin MFD’S without buying a 1000+ dollar encoder or using axis ip cameras that range from 600-2000 dollars for outdoor models.

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Zack, I don’t know anything more than I wrote about Garmin camera support, but I sense that all the manufacturers are quite cautious about overburdening their customer support departments either because ONVIF is a complex standard or because there are a lot of flaky IP cams out there.
    I suggest that you poke around the Furuno because they’ve been supporting IP cameras on boats the longest, I think. It’s still limited to certain Axis cameras and servers and there are lots of instructions about how to make it work. I’m pretty sure the limits are about predictability and reliability, not money.
    Also, I looked at the latest Raymarine manual and I’d say it’s quite cautious about third party IP cam compatability. “May work” is no guarantee and I’d be very careful about expectations.

  3. Zack says:

    Hmm i have looked at Furuno instructions in the past and they just seem to get into configuring frame rate and setting staic ip addresses. Garmins operators manual states supported ip cameras will be on garmin.com but i could not find such a list. Hopefully once the list is put up they will also post a list of required protocols for 3rd party cameras/encoders aswell. Anyways gambling on a 40 dollar ip camera with all the common streaming protocols is worth a shot for 7612 testing!

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Good point. Please report back on how it goes.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Well, I muffed the Garmin/Axis reporting. It’s a feature that already came out in the January software update:
    “Other features also available for the higher-end GPSMAP 8000 and GPSMAP 7400/7600 product lines are…an enhanced interface with Axis® IP Cameras and compatible FLIR® cameras, often used throughout a vessel for surveillance or security. Users can now pan, tilt and zoom these cameras using on-screen pinch and swipe gestures.”

  6. Zack says:

    I also wonder if a ip camera or flir can be connected to a router for internet viewing/control and be connected to a chartplotter for ptz control in harmony on a common network. Hopefully multicast traffic and dhcp servers from the router and chartplotter would not fight with with each other!

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Here’s a good example of how a drone can be used to show how well a boat (for sale) moves through the water:
    I admired Hero when she gently passed me and most everyone else just north of the Alligator River on the ICW. I’m told the drone was a DJI Phantom and I think you can see the operator on board. But remember that “auto go home/landing” won’t work with moving boat launches!

  8. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Good video of the Lowrance Power Pole integration, the Gen 3 System Control menu and GoFree Internet connectivity, and the tricked out kayak: http://youtu.be/YUZTSw1Dato

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