Raymarine - Adds Apps with Free Software Upgrade

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Raymarine Adds Apps
Raymarine upgraded its Axiom and Axiom Pro multifunction displays to accept apps, and weather and entertainment services are already on board.

The Lighthouse version 3.4 lets App developers and marine technology partners now create apps for Axiom and Axiom Pro LightHouse 3 OS systems, resulting in more integration of systems. Partners who plan to capitalize on the app system are gyro-stabilizer manufacturer Seakeeper and Mazu satellite communications.

Raymarine Adds Apps
Spotify will stream through Raymarine’s Axiom and Axiom Pro units, provided the proper Wi-Fi or web connection is in place.

The Lighthouse 3 OS software upgrade also adds Bluetooth audio output, so a boater can push out the sound from streaming entertainment to an onboard stereo unit.

Raymarine Adds Apps
While entertainment is an easy and exciting add-on for the apps function, we look forward to seeing what boating technologies adapt to the integrated system.

Lighthouse version 3.4 now offers a chartplotter function called “find nearest,” which lets users find hot spots within the chart within such categories as fuel docks, marinas, wrecks and other features. Another chart function is tide mode, where boaters can monitor tide height and current data for nearby stations.

Raymarine Adds Apps
While streaming content on the multifunction display will be an excellent way to use those screens in the marina or at anchor, an alert watch must always be kept while underway.

The system also allows the user to step up fuel management thanks to integration of the NMEA 2000 engine data, including fuel tank senders. Fuel burn, range, and economy can all be monitored in real time. Lighthouse 3.4 also lets the user monitor any alarm settings and the history of the system from the home screen. To make the most of the integration, users can also control dimming of screens and instruments from one display, making it easy to transition into and out of low-light conditions.