Icom Australia has recently released the Marine Commander Navigation System. With more than 50 years’ experience in the communications industry, Icom is now diversifying its product range to include marine electronics. Having previously released the MXA-5000 AIS receiver and MA-500TR AIS transponder, Icom has truly outdone itself with the new Marine Commander, on show at the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.
The Marine Commander will prove a very useful instrument regardless of your reason for being on the water. The main processor is the driving force behind the new system. It can integrate a compatible VHF radio, AIS transponder, radar and/or fish finder. It also has the capacity to display real time engine instrumentation via an NMEA 2000 interface (real time fuel consumption, engine speed, depth, temperature). The unit also features four RCA video connectors to connect onboard cameras (eg. engine room, underwater). Up to four 12.1 inch TFT displays can also be connected (two processors required), allowing a variety of information to be displayed at one time (each display is capable of operating in single or 2/3/4 split screen layout).
The display units also have ports for both USB drives and SD cards, allowing the Marine Commander to display chart information (C-MAP), and backup important data. When a compatible VHF radio and AIS unit have been attached, the marine commander system will allow DSC calls to be initiated through the main display unit.