The state of the art, as witnessed at the Miami
show is 'integration'. Look for new products that combine inputs and present the data in a way that multiplies the usefulness and reliability
of the individual inputs. Radar
, and AIS
overlays are an example, and recent products have managed to stuff several components into a single
Fears of a loss of redundancy should go away since most problems in electronics
are outside the box; the cabling and interfacing required to bring all the old stuff together was the cause of most problems. Since most people carry backup handhelds (which are now being integrated too) we are having the best of redundancy, a backup that is completely independant of the principle system, including power and antennas.