I have seen the future of Nobeltec, and it has no. . . okay, okay, I couldn’t resist. But c’mon, let’s admit, that dongle was the only real thing we hated about Nobeltec navigation software. And yes, I know all the reasons they had for using it, but it really got in the way. And now that you know that the future Nobeltec nav software won’t require a dongle, let me tell you that that is the least important of all the improvements coming. Nobeltec gave journalists and industry insiders at the Miami Boat Show a peak at the next-generation software, code-named Trident, that has been under development for some time at the company. The future is very bright, indeed.
In fact, Nobeltec liked the code-name so much they kept it for the new product, married to a term that underlies the technical philosophy of the new products — “TimeZero.” The full name will be TimeZero Trident. The TimeZero moniker refers to the high-speed chart-drawing engine that will be the basis for all Nobeltec software going forward. This is the result of the purchase of Nobeltec by Signet S.A., in October of 2009. The TimeZero codebase is shared between Nobeltec, MaxSea and Furuno (who is a 49% shareholder of Signet).
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