May 09, 2013

Lowrance Announces HDS Gen2 Touch and HDS Gen2 Version 2.0 Software Updates

New Software Adds Advanced Functionality and Performance Enhancements


Tulsa, Okla. – Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics since 1957 and GPS navigational systems since 1992 — announced today innovative new software enhancements for its powerful HDS Gen2 Touch touchscreen and HDS Gen2 multifunction displays. Available as a free online download, enhancements with the new 2.0 software for the Gen2 Touch and Gen2 series include GoFree™ Wireless compatibility, Chart Sharing, Depth Contour Shading, StructureMap™ HD, extensive mapping options and a host of performance improvements. In addition, the Gen2 Version 2.0 update brings existing advanced features of the newer Touch series to HDS Gen2 users.

The HDS Gen2 Touch and Gen2 Version 2.0 updates provide support for cutting-edge Lowrance technology. Offering an exciting new level of navigational control, the Gen2 Touch and Gen2 update supports GoFree Wireless integration that enables wireless connectivity between the displays and supported tablets, mobile phones and computers. While the HDS Gen2 Version 2.0 software allows viewing the display remotely on a supported device, users with an HDS Gen2 Touch, Version 2.0 software and compatible tablet can wirelessly view and control their displays and fully interface with engine data, fuel information sensors and transducers, to name a few.

Offering both navigational and sonar enhancements, both updates include chart-sharing capability, which allows maps on memory cards to be shared across the Ethernet network for viewing on multiple HDS Gen2 or Gen2 Touch chartplotter displays. The new Version 2.0 software also features StructureMap HD capability allowing users to convert recorded StructureScan® HD sonar longs into stunning high-definition underwater maps of lakes, rivers or the seafloor. A StructureMap can be viewed as a chart overlay, and toggled on and off to provide the ultimate in situational awareness in relation to both chart and bottom detail.

Delivering a wealth of added navigational enhancements, Version 2.0 allows the HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch to display the most expansive selection of cartography on the market — including Lowrance Insight HD™, Insight PRO™, Jeppesen C-Map Max-N™ charts, Navionics®, TOPO, and more. The update will provide depth contour shading and shallow-water highlight on Navionics charts to quickly identify fishing areas of interest, as well as potential shallow boating hazards. Cartography enhancements also feature the ability to view Navionics maps simultaneously with a wide selection of other HDS-compatible charts. The software upgrade also enhances performance of the built-in HDS Gen2 5Hz GPS antenna providing more accurate trails, smoother chart performance and improved position accuracy. With this software upgrade, HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch now support the new Lowrance Point-1 10Hz external GPS antenna with built-in electronic compass, for maximum position accuracy and heading-sensor indicator.

“We pride ourselves on offering the highest-quality products with the best-in-class feature set,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “Our new HDS software enhancement is another example of our continued commitment to deliver the most innovative, top-performing technology to our customers ensuring they get the most from each on-the-water experience.”

Bringing all the most advanced Lowrance technology to HDS Gen2 models, the Version 2.0 software provides several features previously available only on Gen2 Touch. With the update installed, HDS Gen2 users can now enjoy revolutionary Insight Genesis™ capability for creating and viewing their own personal high-definition bathymetric contour maps from sonar log recordings. Additional HDS Gen2 Version 2.0 functionality includes StructureScan auto-contrast, new panel configurations on 8- and 10-inch models, a new PDF reader, screen-capture shortcut and more.

The feature-packed Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch and HDS Gen2 Version 2.0 software can be downloaded at no cost from www.lowrance.com/en-US/Software-Updates/. For more information on the Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch or Gen2 series, the entire Lowrance line of marine electronics or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer, please visit www.lowrance.com.

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About Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G: The Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G brands are wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com