FarSounder – New release with NAVTOR integration

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October 26, 2021

Press Release – FarSounder and NAVTOR are proud to announce a new partnership. FarSounder now includes support for NAVTOR official ENC chart data in their base software package to its customers. 

On the ever-going journey in protecting the ecosystem and keeping vessels and passengers safe, FarSounder and NAVTOR are the perfect match to make an impact! We share the same core goals of preserving the oceans safe through innovation and technology while simultaneously focusing on the customer. Through this partnership, we are excited to be exploring the many ways we can work together to achieve this goal. 

A safer look ahead 

NAVTOR prides itself on creating e-Navigation tools that are safe, simple, and more efficient. Similarly, FarSounder’s Argos 3D Forward Looking Sonar provides safe navigation by detecting many ocean obstacles via an easy-to-understand user interface. This partnership brings an impactful software update for the Argos technology. 

“By implementing the NAVTOR ECDIS Kernel in the FarSounder platform, we bring official electronic navigational chart display (ENC’s) to the FarSounder customers for optimal safety, awareness and flexibility. A significant benefit from this partnership is the integration with NAVTOR’s trusted e-Navigation ecosystem. The cloud-based data distribution keeps everything up to date, with the latest charts and publications delivered seamlessly to the vessel. For vessels with an ECDIS installed, there is now the option to have matching map displays on both their ECDIS and FarSounder radar system,” says Bjørn Kristian Sæstad, CBDO OEM/SDK at NAVTOR.

Toward safer voyages, together.

“In this release, users will not only have support for NAVTOR ENC chart data included, but they will also be able to bring up Automatic Identification System (AIS) targets and Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) targets in the Chart Viewer,” says Cheryl M. Zimmerman, CEO at Farsounder. “Support for new NMEA message types associated with AIS and ARPA targets has been added and are easily displayed on the FarSounder stand-alone system. With this additional information, customers have a complete understanding of their surroundings on one screen.”

This journey has just begun, and both FarSounder and NAVTOR cannot wait to see where this partnership takes them in the direction of protecting the ocean and ensuring the best experience for their customers! 

About Farsounder:

At FarSounder, we believe in pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the exploration of the world’s oceans and waterways. We do this by developing innovative products that do more than just help vessels get safely from point A to point B. We make a difference by being environmentally conscious through creating products that reduce impact on the ecosystem.

For 20 years, we have dedicated ourselves to tackling new ideas and developing 3D Forward Looking Sonar technology (3D FLS). Our unique patented technology paints a clear picture of what lies ahead underwater and along the bottom, reducing the likelihood of collisions, which in turn prevents costly damage to property, the environment, and marine and human lives alike.

Our navigation systems are globally recognized. The Argos 1000, Argos 500, and Argos 350 are able to provide customers with a whole suite of sophisticated navigation capabilities of interest to many types of vessels. Wherever you decide to go, FarSounder will help get you there safely.

For more information, visit www.farsounder.com


NAVTOR has established itself as a world leader in e-Navigation since launching in 2011, providing innovative e-Navigation and performance solutions, and as a total supplier of navigational products and services for the maritime sector. Through the application of cutting-edge digital technology, NAVTOR’s team makes life easier for navigators, while enhancing safety, transparency and efficiency for shipowners, ship managers and operators.

In 2012 the firm released the world’s first type approved Pay As You Sail ENC service, and followed in 2014 with the launch of NavStation, the world’s first digital chart table. Headquartered in Egersund, Norway, the company has grown quickly and established a network of subsidiaries and distributors worldwide, spanning Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

For more information, visit www.navtor.com.


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