Furuno Unveils Navnet VX2

Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Furuno USA introduced its latest innovation in integrated marine electronics, NavNet vx2. Since its release in 2001, Furuno’s NavNet1 series has been enjoying popularity worldwide for its high reliability, performance and expandability.

NavNet1 uses an Ethernet based network to transfer information throughout the components. NavNet vx2 still utilizes an Ethernet network and even expands upon it to give you more options to connect and interact with a PC. Add multiple displays and components onto the network by simply adding an Ethernet Hub.

NavNet vx2 gives the user their choice of cartography. Users can choose from a unit that accepts Navionics Gold XL3 charts or another model utilizing C-MapNT Max charts, both of which are now on Secure Digital (SD) cards. The Chart Plotter features all of the popular presentation modes, such as course plot, nav data, steering and highway mode. The charts can be presented in True Motion North-up, True Motion Course-up, Relative Motion North-up and Relative Motion Course-up. Other enhanced features from C-MapNT Max charts include live nav-aids, tidal flows, local street maps, photographs of harbors, perspective view and Guardian Technology. Navionics® Gold XL3 also offers features such as object oriented color rich presentations, “Xplain” feature which translates every nav symbol into an easy to understand description and IC (Intelligent Clarity) that automatically filters the on-screen presentation at every zoom level to offer a clear, uncluttered display.

NavNet vx2 systems allow users to customize their marine electronics according to their needs. From a standard Radar & Chart Plotter unit, they can add on a GPS/WAAS receiver, Fish Finder and even multiple displays. When multiple displays are connected, each display can be operated as an individual product or as part of the network. With more than 50 different display modes, NavNet vx2 can display a variety of information in just about any configuration desired.

The NavNet vx2 Radars are equipped with Furuno X-Band components. They are available in a wide range of power configurations, from 2.2 kW output all the way to our new 25 kW 1964C series. As with previous NavNet1 Radars, Furuno has implemented true color Radar in the NavNet vx2 system. With the NavNet vx2 systems, a Radar echo displays in varying shades of color to show the density of the target. For example, a rainstorm may display as different shades of colors, so that the user can determine where the worst part of the storm is located.

A new feature in NavNet vx2 includes the ability to integrate AIS (Automatic Identification System) into the network with an optional component. Information for up to 100 AIS targets can be displayed on any networked unit. This integration provides you with a solution for observing other vessels that have AIS receivers as well.

NavNet vx2 offers a variety of display options to fit any size vessel. For smaller vessels or for second remote displays, our 7-inch VGA color displays are perfect. If you require a larger display, the 10.4-inch VGA display, which features a rich 256-color palette, is the industry standard. And finally, with our Black Box NavNet vx2, you can put on any size display, like the ultra-bright Furuno MU120C, 12-inch LCD display, or the MU155C, 15-inch LCD display.

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