Digital Yacht Scores Innovation Award At NMEA Conference

One of the judges and highly regarded marine electronics writer, Ben Ellison, (pictured left) and Digital Yacht, CEO, Nick Heyes (pictured right)

Digital Yacht has been awarded the highly sought after 2011 Technology Award from the National Marine Electronics
Association (NMEA) for its revolutionary, wireless navigation server, BOATraNET.
UK manufacturer, Digital Yacht, received the prize at this weekend’s 2011 NMEA International Marine Electronics
Conference & Expo at Fort Myers in Florida. Since its launch at London Boat Show in January, BOATraNET has
generated a great deal of interest among journalists and boaters alike worldwide. Not only can it be used for the
practical and safety side of boating, but it is also a great entertainment system too.
BOATraNET connects to existing marine electronic systems and networks and makes the data available to any mobile
WiFi enabled device such as an iPhone, iPad, Android tablet or phone as well as MACs and PCs. In fact, any product
with a HTML 5 compatible internet browser can connect and view GPS, instrument and navigational data. BOATraNET does not try to replace existing navigation systems, but work alongside them making their data available wirelessly on the latest mobile devices.
BOATraNET boasts some fun features too, allowing users to upload and listen to music, view photographs, read
eBooks and in the future watch videos. No specialist software, apps or downloads are required as all data is
displayed in the browser and delivered by the inexpensive BOATraNET server. And what is more no internet
connection is needed as BOATraNET creates its own WiFi hotspot, so it will work wherever you are sailing.
“For a UK company to receive this award which takes innovation, technology and value into account is a huge
accolade and a massive credit to the team who have worked hard for nearly two years to bring this product to
market,” commented Nick Heyes, CEO of Digital Yacht.
“BOATraNET will help the whole marine electronics sector grow as it’s symbiotic with all leading systems and links
marine electronic devices to the latest range of consumer products,” added Nick who received the trophy at the
weekend.
Digital Yacht employs over 35 staff in its UK, USA, New Zealand and Shanghai offices and has dealers established
worldwide. The development of BOATraNET has been led by Chief Technology Officer, Paul Sumpner, and Chief
Architect, Tan Chen, and his team of 10 software developers and programmers.
The panel of judges were particularly impressed with BOATraNET’s capabilities for the future, especially the user
development area for custom features and heralded its capabilities for boat builders wanting to e-enable their boats.

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