FURUNO is pleased to announce that the new ECDIS (model name: FMD-3100) will be introduced to the market shortly. The FMD-3100 (with 24" wide LCD, offering full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels) delivers straightforward user interface identical to the FURUNO ECDIS models FMD-3200/FMD-3300. Fully complying with the performance standard of ECDIS stipulated in IMO resolution MSC.232(82), the new ECDIS is going to be a suitable candidate designated for new installation as well as retrofitting projects to fulfill ECDIS mandatory carriage that has started with phased-in time frame from July 2012 onward. The new ECDIS will also bring about streamlined chart management scheme. The new ECDIS is compatible with Jeppesen Dynamic Licensing and it supports the Admiralty Information Overlay (AIO). What is more, its network expandability fully satisfies provisos for paperless operation of vessels.
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Greatly enhanced user interface
The new ECDIS FMD-3100 provides the operator with quick access to the tasks and functions to be performed in the midst of vessel operation. The new ECDIS employs intelligently arranged Graphic User Interface elements: Status Bar and InstantAccess Bar that deliver a task based operation scheme to give the operator direct access to necessary operational procedure. The Status Bar at the top of the screen provides operating status, including modes of operation and presentation. The InstantAccess Bar on the left edge of the screen provides quick access to functions available in each of the ECDIS operating modes. The contents of the InstantAccess Bar change according to the operating modes selected on the Status Bar. This combination of the Status Bar and InstantAccess Bar covers virtually the entire operation, hence providing easy and quick access to the tasks to be performed. This would streamline the navigation monitoring procedure, reducing the risk of confusion and erroneous operation as well as to enhance situation awareness. Also, the new ECDIS utilises cutting edge chart-drawing engine that delivers instantaneous chart redraw with the seamless zooming and panning, hence making the ECDIS operation stress-free.
Moreover, its operation philosophy is based upon the same logic as the control scheme of a mouse that people are accustomed to in using a PC, and all operations can be controlled with the use of trackball by means of left-clicking, right-clicking and using a thumbwheel. Also, an optional PC keyboard is available for easy route, event and waypoint naming.