Southampton International Boat Show will reveal innovations in technology, navigation, communications and safety at this year’s event, including artificial intelligence (AI) to spot unidentified objects at sea.
Lesley Robinson, CEO of the show’s organisers British Marine, said they are excited to see a “wealth of life-changing and life-saving innovations” being revealed at this year’s show, which takes place 10-19 September.
Exhibiting for the first time at the event, European manufacturer BSB is launching its Optical System for Cognition and Ranging, known as OSCAR, which combines edge camera technology with AI to scan the sea and identify objects in the water.
Marine technology brands including Raymarine, Simrad, B&G, Navico, Garmin and Furuno will be showcasing new ranges with the latest integrated, stand-alone and wearable systems for all types of craft and user.
Radio transmitting manufacturer Icom will be showing the new IC-M94DE marine VHF handheld radio with integrated AIS receiver with DSC and GPS alongside its full range. MailASail will also be at the show with “high performance, cost effective solutions”, using WiFi, 4G/5G, cellular and satellite solutions including new sat phones from Blue Sky Network.
Ways of creating more sustainable boating will be highlighted throughout the show. On show for the first time, and only its second viewing anywhere in the world, Timage will be showing its new eco-friendly LaPasserella electric gangway and LaScala electric bathing ladder to visitors. Timage will also be launching a new range of yacht control systems – Sentry Remote Switch and Sentry MFD App – which enables one-touch and remote control of electrical systems on board, and, as another show launch exclusive, the Powering steering column digital switching system from Gussi Italia. All these systems will be operational for visitors to see and try on a specially designed console on the show’s Timage stand.
Safety equipment supplier Ocean Safety will be located at a larger outdoor stand at this year’s show, showcasting its entire range of safety equipment including fully inflated liferafts, man overboard recovery systems, lifejackets, danbuoys and slings as well as Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs), Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Search and Rescue Transponders (SART).
British designer and manufacturer PRP Optoelectronics will be revealing Aegina, the world’s first Class A UVC LED Water Purification Unit at the show. Aegina is designed to provide a lifetime solution creating pure drinking water from stored water or from an unknown water source.
Micro wind turbine manufacturer Marlec will discuss renewable energy solutions at the show and will be displaying its range of Rutland Windchargers alongside its glass and semi-flexible solar panels and a host of wind and solar accessories.