NMEA announces conference and exhibition program
The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) invites all members and marine professionals to the annual International Marine Electronics Conference and Exhibition at the Orlando Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, September 20-24.
Registration is now open for the industry’s largest trade event focused strictly on marine electronics.
The week-long gathering includes technical manufacturer training sessions on Monday, Thursday and Friday by the following NMEA manufacturers: FLIR, Raymarine, Fusion, IRIS, KVH, JL Audio, Airmar, Boning, GOST, Analytic Systems, Vesper, Seatronx, SI-TEX, Wave WiFi, Shadow-Caster, Intellian, Maretron, Nobeltec, Hatteland, Cobham, Clarion, Furuno, Garmin and Simrad / Lowrance / B & G.
In addition to manufacturer training, the technological seminars below will be presented on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings before the exhibition hall opens at 1:30 p.m.
Modernize AIS – Overview of the different classes of AIS, including the new Class B SO and their functions, as well as new ways to use AIS to improve safety, navigation and protect the environment. With the newly allocated frequencies, AIS and other VHF data exchange technologies (VDES) will expand with a range of unique marine applications.
LIVE business acumen – An open forum for business owners to discuss challenges and share solutions. The goal is for the public to come away with ideas for improving their business in a wide range of areas. Bring your questions, suggestions and best practices.
Sell ââsafety with your marine electronics – It is important, but sometimes overlooked, to include safety features in the electronics sales package and to teach your customers how to use them. Review key lifesaving devices including DSC integration with onboard VHF, as well as DSC test calls and how EPIRBS, SARTS and MOB devices integrate with marine electronics.
Email, Google Business and Social Media Marketing – How to target, engage, nurture and convert marine consumers using best practices for email, social media and Google Business campaigns. Overview of the current trends and tactics of these evolving technologies.
Get ready for OneNet, the high-bandwidth marine Ethernet solution – The new NMEA OneNet standard provides a common network infrastructure for marine devices and / or services. All OneNet application protocols such as PGN messages are designed to use a standard IPv6 network protocol stack. OneNet brings new levels of flexibility using IPv6 and IEEE 802.3 Ethernet LAN and supports high bandwidth applications such as audio / video data transport.
Space and the future of satellite communications – Overview of the satellite network: What functions do they fulfill for the maritime space? Which manufacturers use specific satellites for communications? Find out how knowing the function and location of satellites can help you with your installations and troubleshooting the wide range of marine electronics that rely on satellites.
NMEA 2000 certification process – Aimed at manufacturers who are starting to develop a NMEA 2000 product, experts will walk you through the development and certification process from start to finish, including how the appendices of the NMEA 2000 standard relate and how to use the tool. certification software like Platform test.
Sonar technology panel – Overview of segments of the marine electronics market that use sonar in different ways, including side scan, searchlight and towing systems, and the installation of the most important component, the transducer.
Engage with your local business school – Learn how to team up with your local trade or high school that offers a marine technology program to prepare technicians to enter the workforce and help reduce our skills shortage. NMEA and the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) work with many of these schools. Find out which schools offer apprenticeships / internships. You may be able to recruit a long-term employee who will be trained from day one on the job.
Specialized diagnostic tools – This technical session will focus on diagnostic and testing tools that have been identified by expert installers and technicians to specifically troubleshoot and test certain pieces of marine electronic equipment. This hands-on session invites the audience to participate as instructors demonstrate and provide insight into how certain tools can help you quickly and efficiently complete an installation or troubleshoot problematic equipment or cable. Inspection cameras, cable testers, multimeters, NMEA 2000 diagnostic software, VHF testers and label printers are some of the specialty products featured.
The art of practical connectors – This hands-on installation session will allow you to master the art of properly installing field-installable connectors widely used by expert installers. Learn about best practices for professionally installing removable connectors in the field, including PL259, RJ45, NMEA 2000, and F connectors on their respective cables. Participants can see expert installers attach these different connectors to their specific cables and will also be able to install these cables themselves under the guidance of the instructor.
For details on the full NMEA conference and exhibition schedule, or to register, visit www.expo.nmea.org or call (410) 975-9425.