FLIR Enhances Raymarine LightHouse II OS

September 18, 2015

Yachting Journal

Photo: FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the release of the latest upgrade to its LightHouse II operating system for Raymarine multifunction displays (MFDs). 
Available in the form of a free download on, LightHouse II Release 15 gives captains the ability to monitor engine rooms using the new FLIR AX8 marine thermal camera system, improves collision avoidance with new graphical representations of AIS targets and supports direct software updates over Wi-Fi to keep Raymarine users up-to-date with the latest technology.
Boaters can gain an entirely new view of their vessel’s mechanical systems with the FLIR AX8 marine thermal monitoring system. Combining thermal and visible cameras in a small package, the AX8 integrates with Raymarine MFDs to keep a watchful eye on such equipment as engines, exhaust manifolds and shaft bearings. AX8 enables captains to spot problems before they lead to breakdowns and potentially costly repairs. For added safety, the AX8 features programmable alarms for detecting temperature anomalies that can indicate potential fire, water leaks or damaged hoses. The AX8 also features FLIR’s MSX technology, which adds edges, text and other details of visible imagery to the thermal imagery, allowing boaters to easily interpret what they are looking at.
With the growth of AIS target tracking, keeping track of multiple AIS targets in crowded waterways can be a challenge even for the most experienced captains. With LightHouse Collision Avoidance tools, both expert and novice captains can now monitor potential dangerous crossing situations with easy-to-interpret on screen graphics, called target interception zones. These zones can also help commercial and first responder vessels track and rendezvous with designated AIS targets. In addition, the latest LightHouse II version brings improved AIS target icons and user interface improvements.
Boaters can now upgrade Raymarine LightHouse II MFDs and connected peripherals by downloading the latest upgrades directly from Raymarine using Wi-Fi. LightHouse II also can deliver software updates to Raymarine autopilots, sonars, instruments, and radars, making it easier than ever to keep up-to-date with the latest FLIR and Raymarine technology.
Offered at $1,199 MSRP, the AX8 Marine Thermal Monitoring System will be available in September 2015.
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