Garmin introduces new all-seeing sonar technology

Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, has announced its latest innovation in sonar technology; the Panoptix All-Seeing Sonar. This revolutionary sonar technology gives mariners the ability to see all around their boat in real-time - forwards, backwards, sideways, and downwards - even while stationary.

Previously only available in the offshore commercial market, Garmin Panoptix is a multi-beam transducer that uses a phased-array scanning sonar technology, ideal for near-shore or freshwater fishing.

"We believe Panoptix is going to revolutionize the way recreational fishermen use sonar technology," said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales. "Never before have fishermen had the ability to see all around their boat in real time. Available as a forward or down transducer, Garmin Panoptix is sonar like you’ve never seen it before."

With the Panoptix Forward transducer, fishermen can see the bottom, structure, and fish swimming around in front of the boat, in real time, even while stationary.

LiveVü Forward provides users with a more "live-video" style visuals that show fish swimming and moving toward or away from the boat. Updates are provided with a single ping, providing real-time moving images of what’s in the water. With LiveVü Forward, users can even cast a lure out and watch it as it’s reeled back towards the boat right on the screen.

RealVü 3D Forward digitally scans the area in front of the boat, creating a forward-looking 3D view of the bottom, structure and fish. Users can control how quickly the forward area is scanned to provide greater or less detail, making it very easy to identify where the fish really are.

The Panoptix Down transducer provides a look at what’s swimming below the boat in any direction, in real time, even while stationary. With a Panoptix Down Transducer, fishermen can use three remarkable views: LiveVü Down, RealVü 3D Historical or RealVü 3D Down.

LiveVü Down provides real-time moving sonar images below the boat. With LiveVü Down, users will be able to monitor small baitfish and large target fish swimming around and pinpoint their distance left or right, and their depth.

A wealth of the boat's sonar data is made available with Garmin’s RealVü 3D Historical. As the boat moves it scrolls through past data to show the history of entire water columns - from the bottom to the surface and all the fish in between. Bottom contours and fish are displayed in vivid colour in three dimensions.

RealVü 3D Down digitally scans the area below the boat from front to back and side to side. A full 3D view of the area under the boat is constructed, showing bottom contour changes, fish and structure, even while stationary.

Both the PS31 Panoptix Forward Transducer and PS30 Panoptix Down Transducer are equipped with an internal Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) sensor that constantly adjusts sonar beams to compensate for boat motion. They are compatible with Garmin’s GPSMAP® 7400 series, GPSMAP 8000/8500 series and GPSMAP 7x1, 8x0, and 10x0 series chartplotters, as well as the echoMAPâ„¢ 70s and echoMAP 70dv. The Panoptix Forward Transducer is available with an included trolling motor mounting kit and a transom mounting kit, and the Panoptix Down Transducer is sold with the transom mounting kit included.

Garmin Panoptix Forward and Down Transducers are expected to be available in the spring of 2015.

Garmin's portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability and ease-of-use.

For more than 25 years, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.




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