NMMA Innovation Award - Safety Equipment

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The FLIR First Mate thermal imaging device took home the prestigious National Maritime Manufacturer Association’s (NMMA) Innovation Award in the Safety Equipment category at the recent 2010 Miami Boat Show in February. Innovation Awards honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring to market new and innovative products that advance the boating industry. Judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), the awards recognize not only innovation, but practicality, cost-effectiveness, and availability to the average consumer.

The First Mate, FLIR’s portable and affordable thermal imaging handheld device, was found to by the judges to significantly heighten safety and security when boating at night. Judge Frank Lanier said, “This is a powerful navigation tool that significantly reduces the hazards of nighttime travel. There’s no longer a reason to be afraid of the dark.”