by Dom Wiseman

Navico, the parent company to marine electronics brands Lowrance, Simrad, and B&G, has expanded the range of reporting and connectivity options offered by its Track telemetry system, with the all-new Track HD.

Up until the release of Track HD, the system has provided instant access to vessel location and status via a mobile app and online dashboard. The new system can now also operate as a remote automation system and control lights, pumps, HVAC, or other systems. It also provides cloud storage for key vessel documents and TripReplay to capture and share details of previous trips. The system can connect  via WiFi and cellular with a satellite connection coming soon allowing consumers to choose the option that best meets their needs.

Existing customers can upgrade their subscriptions online.

The Track HD System Supports the following Functions

Real-Time GPS Tracking with Geo-Fence Zones

With your boat location automatically uploaded to the GoFree cloud, you can request an instant update of the longitude and latitude. You can also  set a base location with up to two custom “geo-fence” zones. When your boat exits or enters these zones, you’ll be informed with an email update.

Remote Control

With select plans you can remotely control up to three on-board circuits. Control lights, HVAC, or other functions from anywhere in the world. Remote control lets you respond to unexpected situations, as well as offering simple conveniences such as turning on exterior lights before you board.

24/7 Monitoring

Log and transmit important vessel security information, navigation data, engine information and sensor data to the GoFree cloud with Track HD. If your selected communication channels become unavailable, Track stores over a month’s worth of complete vessel, engine and navigation data on-board for later retrieval.

Multiple Engine and Sensor Support

By connecting NMEA 2000 or J1939 enabled engines, you can record performance information and alerts for up to five engines. Track also records information from your boat’s NMEA 2000® data bus, and supports a range of add-on security and status sensors.

Automated Alerts

Track can deliver real-time email alerts as issues occur, with links to pre-recorded vessel data to help you get a handle on the situation and diagnose problems as quickly as possible.

Connection Options

Choose between Wi-Fi connectivity, cellular coverage, or global satellite coverage (coming soon), each available with Standard Definition (SD) or High Definition (HD) reporting plans.

Boat Maintenance

The Track HD system will send automatic email alerts to any set of email addresses you choose. It can notify you of regular service and support providers. If issues occur, your nominated service technician and/or dealer can access relevant diagnostic recordings which allows some maintenance to be planned before you even take it in for a check up.

Cloud Storage

Track is GoFree cloud-enabled, allowing you to access, share, and store trip photos and important vessel documents such as work orders, invoices, and maintenance notices for your boat. All system and alert data is transmitted and stored directly in the GoFree cloud, allowing you instant access to the latest recorded vessel information from anywhere.

Efficiency for Fleet Owners

Fleet owners can see exactly how their boats are being used. They can examine fuel levels, boat speeds, and engine runtime data.

Fleet Management

Whether you want to monitor one boat or one hundred boats, all your vessels become part of a fleet and each boat will have a unique online dashboard. Since boats are members of a fleet it’s easy to group them together and keep them safe with the same geofences and support personnel.

TripReplay™

Share your boating memories online by using Track HD to capture your boat’s location, current weather conditions, depth of water, even your engine performance data. You can “play back” your trips, add your own photos, and share trip records via email, text, or social media.