IBEX to host live NMEA 2000 ConnectFest demonstration

SEVERNA PARK, Md. — The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) this year will feature “ConnectFest,” which includes demonstrations of the use of cable, connectors and products from multiple manufacturers on a single NMEA 2000 backbone. Equipment on the network will include engine controls, navigation electronics, power distribution, diagnostic tools, displays, gauges and more.

IBEX will take place Oct. 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The demonstration will run continuously during the exposition.

Attendees will see for themselves how information is exchanged among NMEA-certified products made by different manufacturers. Experts will be on hand to demonstrate equipment function so that visitors can switch displays between various sources of information, query the backbone for information about connected products, and plug and unplug products to see how installation and integration can be simplified.

“This is a first for IBEX and NMEA and provides great visibility for this important electronics standard and companies that build to the NMEA 2000 standard,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, co-owner and producer of the event with Professional BoatBuilder magazine.

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