SmarterTrack Express is a new marine navigation software package designed to turn a Windows notebook into a full function electronic charting system for marine navigation. It ships with a high performance DualNav (GPS & GLONASS) positioning sensor which is self powered from the PC’s USB port. Install the marine navigation software and the notebook is transformed into an easy to use yet very powerful chart plotter.
DualNav positioning technology uses both GPS and the Russian GLONASS system for ultra precise (typically sub 1m) accuracy as well as fast 10Hz updates allowing much smoother track and heading information to be displayed. You’ll also benefit from redundancy with positioning from two independent satellite systems. The sensor can also be permanently mounted on board the vessel if required.
All the normal navigation functions are available from the SmarterTrack application including waypoints, routes and tracks. It supports weather and sophisticated AIS target overlays and alarms with a connection to an AIS. The user interface has been designed for either touch screen operation or more traditional mouse/trackpad control. It works on PCs using any version of Windows from XP forward to the latest Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 systems.
SmarterTrack can utilise Navionic’s charts for worldwide, detailed charting. Charts can be copied from their normal SD format onto the PC hard drive and then also used in compatible chart plotters from brands like Raymarine, Lowrance, B&G, Humminbird and Simrad allowing for a combination package of plotter and PC to be installed on-board.
As the system is completely portable, it’s ideal for use by charter skippers who can effectively turn their laptop into a large screen format plotter at a fraction of the cost of a dedicated device. It’s also popular with commercial users, superyacht captains and delivery crew as well as boaters looking for a good value, big screen navigation solution.
“DualNav technology offers unprecedented positioning accuracy with GPS and GLONASS from this USB smart antenna.”
“GPS160 supplied with iKonvert (NMEA2000-NMEA0183 converter) allowing easy and flexible NMEA 2000 installation.”
“The GPS160USB variant ships with a 5m USB cable. It’s self powered from the USB source (PC, MAC or Linux).”