Garmin acquires ActiveCaptain database

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Popular US crowd-sourced marine database to be integrated with Garmin range.

Marine electronics manufacturer Garmin has bought US-based Active Corporation, developers of the crowd-sourced ActiveCaptain electronic marine database.

ActiveCaptain is a community-based marine database that contains near real-time information about marinas, anchorages, local points of interest, and marine hazards – most of which is user-generated – for cruising and sailing destinations around the world. The database boasts more than 250,000 users and can be accessed via web browser or a variety of mobile applications.

Focused primarily on US waters, the database has been expanded throughout the world including Australia. ActiveCaptain data is used in a range of third party applications in addition to Garmin, including MaxSea Time Zero, Furuno, Rose Point's Coastal Explorer, Nobeltec, PolarNavy's PolarView, Chersoft's Nuno Navigator, Navimatics Charts & Tides, NutiCharts and HarborFinder.

Garmin gave no indication as to how the database will be integrated into its range of marine products.

“There is really nothing else out there that compares to the depth and breadth of the ActiveCaptain database,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO. “Mariners rely on ActiveCaptain to make their voyages better informed and more enjoyable, and we are delighted to add this technology to the Garmin portfolio.”

The founders and sole employees of ActiveCaptain, Karen and Jeffrey Siegel, will become employees of Garmin International.

“Garmin is a technology leader among boaters of all types, and we are looking forward to working with them to make ActiveCaptain even more robust and global,” said Jeffrey Siegel. “Garmin has extensive engineering and cartography capabilities that will allow ActiveCaptain to be deeply integrated into their product offerings.”

The financial terms of the acquisition were not released.

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