Latest B&G Software Release Features Key Radar and Visual Enhancements

Improved Radar Screen for Clearer Viewing Among Top New Features

B&G, a world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, released its Navico Operating System (NOS) 20.2 software update in April, complete with several new radar features, display updates and integration capabilities that continue to make B&G products one of the leading multifunctional displays (MFDs) for sailing.

“There are a host of radar and AIS improvements as well as IP camera support for Zeus, Zeus Glass Helm and Vulcan products in the NOS 20.2 update that are very important for our users,” said Matt Eeles, product director, B&G. “Safety has always been the first priority for our B&G radar systems, and we’ve coupled that with interface improvements to give users an even clearer visual experience across our displays.”

One key highlight is the improved radar screen with contrasting numbers on the outside of the vivid range rings and the capability for a scaled boat icon for the user’s vessel. Radar target symbols have been redesigned for optimal clarity and easier tracking, while moving radar and AIS targets can now show a graduated trail to see the vessel’s routing history (Fig.1).

Target Symbols and Trails

Fig. 1 Target Symbols and Trails

Target Symbol with Reduced Clutter

Fig. 2 Target Symbol with Reduced Clutter

Similarly, the AIS system has a new set of icons for clarity and more detailed information for the operator. When radar and AIS acquire the same target, the system will automatically display the target with one symbol to reduce clutter on the screen (Fig.2). In addition, the active route can now also be shown on the radar screen, allowing for even greater situational awareness.

Other features in the update include IP camera support, allowing more efficient installation of cameras for safety, security or sail monitoring applications; a new CZone® Control Bar which will allow easy digital switching control from the MFD; and similarly, a new ITC Lighting Control Bar for intuitive control of the vessel’s lighting.

Other improvements include an updated menu structure, the ability to share the boat’s settings across all MFDs without the need to input settings more than once, new and improved Easy Routing libraries from C-MAP charts and a vessel location identifier on the MFD when receiving a VHF distress message.

Key NOS 20.2 software update summary:

  • Radar user interface improvements
  • AIS improvements
  • IP camera support
  • CZone Control Bar integration
  • ITC Lighting Control Bar integration
  • The release will automatically update for all B&G Vulcan 7-, 9-, 12-inch and B&G Zeus 2, 3 and 3S Glass Helm, Zeus 3 and Zeus 3S.

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About B&G: The B&G brand is all about passion for sailing – totally dedicated to the needs of sailors, whether cruisers, racers or Professionals, it is wholly owned by Navico, AS. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company and produces products under leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting, B&G and C-MAP. Navico has approximately 1,800 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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