By Ben Ellison
Nobeltec IR2 Radar
The latest generation of PC radar sensors uses Ethernet to deliver higher resolution (1,024x1,024 pixels), faster updates, and easier installs. The hardware, actually made by Koden, runs all the way from a 4-kW, 25-inch dome to a 25-kW, nine-foot open array and is being adopted by a number of manufacturers like Northstar and Maptech, each of which will apply its own interface.
Nobeltec’s InSight 2 implementation is the first I’ve seen in action, and it’s quite impressive. The basic version, integrated into VNS (Visual Navigation Suite) charting software, paints targets with dramatic clarity, either stand-alone or overlaid, and has about every control and display feature available on standard radars. Admiral software adds MARPA (and AIS) tracking, multimonitor support, and even multi-PC support, the latter neatly enabled with a simple Ethernet router. IR2s start at $4,400, including a copy of VNS.
Nobeltec ( (800) 598-4976. www.nobeltec.com.
This article originally appeared in the February 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.