Simrad and Lowrance announce engine data integration with Mercury outboards
LOWRANCE and Simrad have announced that in partnership with Mercury, the full line of Lowrance Touch (HDS Gen3 and HDS Gen2) and Simrad GO (NSS evo2 and NSO evo2) multifunction displays will soon receive a new software upgrade that adds powerful functionality with the recently introduced Mercury VesselView Link module, providing boaters with fully integrated Mercury engine data combined with their chartplotter, sounder or radar display.
Through the VesselView Link interface module, which conveniently connects between Mercury SmartCraft engines and compatible Lowrance Touch and Simrad Go displays, anglers can experience a touch-friendly interface that offers quick access to data like RPM, speed, fuel remaining, battery voltage and trimtabs – all displayed on an easy-to-use interface.
The VesselView Link control bar also provides quick access to Mercury smart modes including: Eco, Smart Tow, Troll Control and Cruise Control, and a quick access bar displays clear warnings and alerts such as fault notification, identifying the affected engine on multi-engine boats, descriptive fault text, and maintenance reminders. To maximise the combination of engine data with sounder, chartplotter or radar displays, users can also enable split-screen functionality with automatic panel adjustment for an optimal, hassle-free view.
In addition, Mercury has also announced a new line-up of 5- and 7-inch VesselViewgauges – the VesselView 502 and VesselView 702 – that will complement the VesselView Link integration with compatible Lowrance and Simrad displays and provide redundancy for added safety and enjoyment on the water.
VesselView Link, which features single and multiple-engine models with support for up to four SmartCraft engines, will be available in June 2016 from authorised Mercury dealers throughout the Australia-Pacific region.For more information on VesselView Link connectivity, including the required software update also scheduled for June 2016, please visit the Lowrance and Simrad websites.