Navionics through iNavX

23 Feb 2017

Smartphone navigation apps can provide useful backup, even for some commercial vessel operators

Smartphone navigation apps can provide useful backup, even for some commercial vessel operators

For those crewmembers who like to augment their vessel’s hardwired navigation systems with the sometimes less reliable but often handier satellite navigation apps accessible on their phone or tablet, iNavX, has announced, in partnership with Fugawi and Navionics, the availability of Navionics charts in the iNavX In-App Chart Store.

‘This is a first for the industry’, says iNavX which is now
the only independent marine navigation app to offer Navionics charts to its
users. 

“When it comes to crucial navigation information, boaters’
decisions about what apps, electronics and charts they use can be as varied and
personal as the foul weather gear they wear to keep them dry,” said Shaun
Steingold, CEO, NavX Studios. “The most respected name in electronic charting
and cartography is Navionics and we are proud to be the only independent marine
navigation app to offer our users one touch in-app purchase and download of the
award-winning Navionics marine charts and maps. iNavX gives boaters tons of features,
but we also give them a choice – the most powerful capability of any handheld
navigation system.”

“We accept no compromises in both the products we produce
and the business partnerships we enter into,” said Don Black, senior vice
president of global sales and marketing at Navionics. “iNavX has demonstrated
that they share our high standards and offer users a powerful and feature-rich
platform. Boaters will appreciate that our charts can now easily be downloaded
and used in iNavX, the premier handheld navigation system.”

iNavX claims to be the leading marine navigation app and the
only marine navigation app that delivers hundreds of charts and features. The
perfect marine navigation chartplotter that also fits in the palm of your hand,
iNavX can be used as a chartplotter, a toolkit or as a redundancy system. The feature-rich
app is capable of displaying current position in real-time using a mobile
device's built-in GPS, as well as plotting course, bearing and waypoints.
Supporting NMEA data over TCP/IP, iNavX also integrates with external GPS, AIS
receivers and transponders, and networked instruments including depth, speed,
wind, engine data, and battery voltage meters. Users can easily manipulate data
by panning, zooming and rotating charts, as well as downloading GRIB weather
forecasts.

“We have been deeply involved in the integration of these
best-in-class products,” said Robin Martel, president, Fugawi. “By bringing
together the most popular electronic cartography and the most feature-rich
navigation platform, users of iNavX will never need to look for another
solution again.”

Availability iNavX is available for Apple iPhone, iPod Touch
and iPads from the App Store, and is priced at $24.99. Current in-app offerings
include Navionics Nautical Chart in broad coverage areas worldwide. Future
updates will shortly be released to include Navionics SonarChart 1 ft/0.5 m HD
bathymetry maps and Community Edits, both enriched by boater input.

By Jake Frith

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