Furuno debuted their latest Navnet TZtouch 2. Some of the new features like built in fish finder, multi-touch, higher resolution screen and built in wifi make this a must when considering yachting electronics.
From the Furuno website:
With a sleek all-glass front, refined graphical user interface, built-in RezBoost Fish Finder, and an internal GPS antenna, NavNet TZtouch2 is a beauty to behold and use. Whether you are searching for hot fishing grounds, plotting your next route, or using your Radar to navigate through fog, TZtouch2 delivers smooth operation with familiar touch gestures. Sporting and edge-to-edge glass front, NavNet TZtouch2 is beautifully designed, allowing you to build a navigation suite that is not only functional, but offers a luxurious look and feel.
Following in the footsteps of the original NavNet TZtouch, TZtouch2 is all about usability – the newly refined graphical user interface makes operation a breeze! Accessing different displays is achieved by tapping on the Home icon, or utilizing the new “Edge Swipe” motion. Swiping from the left edge reveals the NavData panel, where you can customize content to simplify navigation and chart usage. From here, you can set the autopilot, check tide information and much more. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen unveils the new Layers menu, a practical way of changing settings on the fly without having to venture into deeper menu systems. Since the screen remains visible at all times, changing settings is now simpler than ever. There are similar, contextual functions when available by swiping from the top or right side of the screen.
A 56-channel Furuno GPS Receiver is built into the display. You can connect an external antenna for redundancy, but the primary GPS receiver is built-in, saving you money on additional equipment and installation cost.
The built-in Fish Finder is a dual-frequency (50/200kHz), 600W/1kW power output sounder. It includes Furuno’s unique Bottom Discrimination and AccuFish modes, and also incorporates another new Furuno proprietary Fish Finder technology, called RezBoost. RezBoost is a revolutionary new feature that utilizes Furuno’s exclusive digital signal processing protocol to produce fantastic target resolution and separation, without the need to change out your transducer, or purchase expensive broadband transducers. With RezBoost, you can now achieve target separation and resolution that was previously limited to Furuno commercial-grade Fish Finders.
NavNet TZtouch2 is a component-based system that utilizes Furuno’s award winning network products. You can add a variety of UHD Radars, from a 4kW Dome up to a 25kW Open Array. As with NavNet TZtouch, you can integrate, display, and control the NavPilot Autopilot, and Furuno’s new FI70 Instrument. Both of these products have displays that match TZtouch2, giving your helm a beautiful all-glass finish. Additional sensors that can be added to the network include AIS, Weather Fax, Sirius/XM Satellite Weather, Fusion Marine Stereo, and IP Cameras, as well as NMEA2000 and Furuno CAN bus devices. It even includes one NMEA0183 output port to send data to legacy systems.
NavNet TZtouch introduced the capability to access tablets and smartphones via WiFi and TZtouch2 continues that ability. You can download and utilize several FREE apps for both Apple and Android devices for use with your TZtouch2 display. More wireless capabilities are coming soon, including connection to the ActiveCaptain service that delivers crowd-sourced points of interest, Community Charts that allow users to report changes such as depth, obstructions, etc., and finally a TimeZero Cloud Data Service that will allow you to back up and synchronize your data across your TimeZero devices.
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