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Sharing depth data online

On the Quickdraw Community platform, mariners can create HD maps of bodies of water and share these with the community. Data from NMEA 2000 transducers can be used to generate the data.

The Quickdraw Contours software creates maps while users fish (Photo: Garmin)

In conjunction with Icast 2016, Garmin has announced Quickdraw Community, a free online user-generated platform. On the platform, users can share and browse HD mapping content and download the data free of charge to enhance and supplement existing Garmin mapping options. The Quickdraw Community builds on the success of the company’s Quickdraw Contours software feature – a tool that lets mariners create personalized HD maps with 1-foot contours on any body of water – allowing users share and upload available data.

Quickdraw Contours comes standard on all Echomap Chirp products and is available as a free software update for all other Echomap and many GPS MAP series products. It can be used with any depth transducer, including NMEA 2000 transducers and others.

Garmin customers have been collecting mapping and depth data on their devices since the software feature became available earlier this year, and now they have a way to share that data with others. Thanks to Garmin Panoptix sonar technology, the map sharing platform uses multi-beam sonar recordings for high quality, accurate, and complete HD contours.

Once Quickdraw Contours is turned on, users instantly see contours with labels generated right on the screen as the boat moves – there’s no waiting around or sending the files in for remote processing, nor is there a fee to keep the data private or to share it with others. The results can be viewed in real-time, or created in the background for use at a later time. The software shows where usable depth information has been collected and where gaps exist, so users can see what still needs to be collected.

To upload, download, or browse collected data, users need to create an account through Garmin Connect, a free online community. Data is typically available on the web for download within 24 hours. With the map interface, users can locate and see the data shared by other users within the community overlaid on the applicable body of water.


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