ConnectFest to demonstrate benefits of onboard networking standard


Visitors to the Toronto International Boat Show will get a close-up look at a “live” demonstration that shows how the onboard networking standard NMEA 2000® operates. Attendees will be able to participate in the free event, called ConnectFest, anytime during the nine-day show. Doors open at 10 a.m. on January 10 at Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.


The action at ConnectFest will involve most major manufacturers connecting their NMEA-certified products to the NMEA 2000 backbone, demonstrating device interoperability on the plug-and-play network. Products will come from Raymarine, Simrad, Lowrance, Furuno, Garmin, Humminbird, Airmar, Maretron, and Actisense, to name a few manufacturers participating.


The NMEA 2000 network is nonproprietary and enables connection and disconnection of products from different manufacturers with no downtime on the network. An industry-wide group of experts organized by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) developed the network standard.


Visitors will be able to talk with the manufacturers who have built products using the NMEA 2000 protocol. A hands-on opportunity with the NMEA 2000 cable and connector system will illustrate the advantages of the lightweight, quickly installed network and show how systems can be expanded for future needs. ConnectFest will be located at Booth G138.


“For anyone who wants to know more about NMEA 2000 and how it benefits them, the Toronto Boat Show is the place to be. 

We invite you to stop by our booth anytime,” said NMEA Managing Director Mark Reedenauer.


For more information, visit www.torontoboatshow.com/education/connectfest/.


Photo caption: ConnectFest draws a crowd at the 2014 METS trade show in Amsterdam.


Related Posts

Princecraft Boats upgrade their facilities with an investment of over $4 million for the addition of a powder coating line


Princecraft boats on April 17, 2024, announced to their employees, a major investment in one of their three Princeville plants, which will include the installation of high-tech powder coating capabilities. The nearly $4 million upgrade marks the largest investment in Princecraft facilities since the early 2000s and will improve operational efficiency, product quality and better poise the company for response to demand.

Read More

Need to Catch up on News This Week?

Every Tuesday we publish a fresh Digest with informative articles pertaining to the Canadian boating and marine industry. Stay up to date with the latest products, research and industry developments.

Missed an Issue of Boating Industry Canada News Week? If you’re looking for a specific issue, or simply want to catch up on previous issues, check out our Boating Industry Canada News Week Archives.

Not signed up for News Week? Subscribe here.

The Hydrobike, a key concept that embodies a vision for the future

DECATHLON, determined to erase the boundary between land and water, introduces its latest forward-thinking concept: the HydroBike. This innovation from the French sports giant aims to democratize access to nature while staying ahead in the transformation of their business model. 

The initial assessment: paddle sports are often inaccessible to less experienced individuals, assuming the acquisition of paddling skills.

Read More

ACR Electronics emergency beacons are designed with one purpose: to save lives.

Hubbell-Marine Stainless steel outlet covers

An all-encompassing and dependable set of vital resources, ACR GlobalFix V5 AIS RLS EPIRB Survival Kits ensure security and survival in waterborne emergencies. The most advanced EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) available, the ACR GlobalFix V5 EPIRB combines 406 MHz satellite connectivity with Automatic Identification System (AIS) functionality.

Read More