Navico adds Italian systems integrator

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Takeover of Naviop aimed at delivering single platform control systems.

Electronics manufacturer Navico has bought the Italian company Naviop which designs and produces monitoring and control systems. The two companies previously had a strategic partnership which sought to integrate a range of boat control systems into Simrad multifunction displays.

“We are pleased to welcome Naviop to the Navico family,” said Leif Ottosson, Navico CEO. “For years, auto manufacturers have provided consumers with a complete integration solution at their fingertips, and we, as a marine industry have fallen behind the curve to provide the same level of convenience and control.

“With Naviop, we have taken a step forward to provide a comprehensive system-integration package for the boat building market – a position that is already well-received with many of our boat building customers. Most importantly, these fully integrated marine-electronics systems will enhance the boating experience by making it easier to be an owner and by increasing enjoyment on the water.”

Navico said the acquisition will enable it to take “a further step in shifting the idea of a central multifunction display to an integrated cloud-connected information system”.

Naviop's monitoring and control systems enable it to integrate a wide range of boat functions within a single integrated interface, enabling boaters to monitor, manage and control systems such as engines, generators, trim tabs, lighting, navigation lights, fuel consumption, air conditioning, entertainment, power plant, security, bilge pumps, batteries and other services via customised touchscreen controls.

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