Monday, March 22, 2021

Fort Lauderdale Marine Center - Where the Boats Are

 

Concord Marine Electronics Lauderdale Marine Center service

And now it’s Concord Marine Electronics territory, with our latest service center right in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s newest, biggest, and fastest growing full service marine repair facility.  While we have always been close to the action with our spacious showroom and tech center in central Fort Lauderdale, adding on-site Concord Electronics technicians and engineers to this busy shipyard saves our customers time and money. Our LMC service center covers our complete product line, including Marine Data Solutions  modems and antennas, Crestron, KVH, Furuno, Fusion AV, Intellian, Kaleidescape, and more.

Concord Electronics completed a rigorous screening process earning Lauderdale Marine Center Premier Partner Status, the only marine electronics sales and support company qualified as an LMC Authorized Contractor. Creating an LMC service center puts us in the center of the action, with the unique advantage of being the only electronics company in Fort Lauderdale not needing to charge travel time at Lauderdale’s busiest yard.

Concord full-time staff at Lauderdale Marine Center includes technicians and project managers, and we have built our facility out with all the on-site testing and repair equipment we need to plan, engineer, install, and service our complete product line. We provisioned our shop with the inventory and skills we need to deliver fast, efficient, and comprehensive service to the busy boatyard. Concord factory trained and certified technicians, designers, and installers remain at the leading edge of marine electronics technology and increasing our presence at the center of Fort Lauderdale’s marine industry positions us to continue to build our reputation for outstanding customer service and support.

LMC advantages:

  • LMC Authorized Contractors- vessel owners and project managers respect the ability of a company to reach a certified level of competence through an outside agency audit of skills, reputation, and experience.

  • Presence- significant efficiencies in the repair process as our repair benches, test equipment, and inventory are on-site. Technicians and staff are based at LMC.

  • Scheduling and collaboration-ability to coordinate with the complete repair plan avoiding situations where the electronic techs show up just as the painters mask off the bridge.
  • Currency- there is no substitute for interaction with our customers, and the crew and staff managing each vessel. On-premises means close and frequent meetings and availability, increasing that shared knowledge of what the schedule and goals require
  • Economy- decreasing travel time means less cost and more efficient processes, reducing transportation, storage, delay, and motion, leading to significant savings in both cost and time.

     Concord Marine Electronics earned a reputation in Fort Lauderdale’s marine industry, earned LMC Authorized Contractor status, and now we have placed a service center at the heart of the marine industry in Fort Lauderdale.

  Concord at LMC-  where the boats are.

For more information please visit our website, use our Contact page, email us at info@concordelectronics.com, or call us at +1 (954) 779-1100.

Marine Data Solutions at Lauderdale Marine Center




The Internet and my yacht - online and onboard

 

Staying connected while yachting- Concord Marine Electronics network and marine bandwidth

Despite COVID-19, yachting time and interest increased in 2020, a trend continuing as we move through 2021. Not to minimize a deadly and tragic pandemic, but the ability to stay connected to a resilient and expanding Internet helped keep time on the water fun, productive, safe, and relaxing.  Remote work and Zoom, which kept over 30% of the workforce going, just could not have existed on dial-up. Streaming entertainment, news, at-home learning and hobbies (like the explosion in interest in chess after “The Queen’s Gambit"), and our desire for safe recreation and our ancient longing for a blue horizon vastly increased boat sales, and boat use, over this difficult period.

Many of us escaped the confines of a COVID-19 lockdown onboard our yachts, even with limits on destinations. Cruising for the day, for the week, or for longer periods was maybe not the same as the routines of work and school of years past but kept the family together in a safe and less constricted environment. Living onboard became closely coupled to connectivity- our connection to the Internet for work, for school, for entertainment.

That raises the question of how to choose the best service and provider for yacht Internet- what is the best way to keep my boat connected? What is the best boat and yacht Internet?

  • First, and most importantly- work with a responsive and knowledgeable provider, someone with the ability and experience to ask the right questions and tailor the service, and the hardware, for a perfect fit. Concord Marine Electronics engineers will work with you on both the hardware and software options to get you just what you need, and Marine Data Solutions provides flexible, stable, and unthrottled Internet with your choice of plans and no contracts.
How much Internet do I need? That depends on where you cruise and when you need Internet, and how much Internet you plan to consume. Have a boat full of Netflix, Zoom, and Facetime fans? Producing videos for work or uploading and downloading big files for work or school? Or just checking in on news, weather, and email? Let’s look at some typical bandwidth, or consumption, requirements:
  • A high quality Zoom call-1080P- about 1.5GB (Gigabits, or 1000Mb)per hour
  • A high quality Zoom meeting- about 2.5 GB per hour
  • 4K streaming (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime)- about 5.5 GB per hour
  • Social media, uploading an image- 5 BM, but more for video
  • Gaming, web surfing, eamil- generally under 20 MB per hour

·      The above are amounts of data, not speed. But streaming high-quality content consumes a lot of data, so ask about the details on your plan.

  • Throttling- a technique carriers use when you consume large amounts of data. They slow you down when you hit their sometimes-secret limit, meaning YouTube sits there and spins and spins. You purchased a high-speed plan- but the fine print specifies that they can reduce that at their discretion. Concord and Marine Data Solutions are always unthrottled- you get what you pay for.
  •  Data caps- some providers cut you off when you reach a set quantity of Internet. A 100GB plan can go quickly with a couple of Netflix users on board.

     So now you know how to determine how much Internet or data you expect to consume. The next question is where and when do I expect to want that Internet onboard? 

  • 4G and 4G LTE Internet use cellular towers, so if your yacht is within about 20 miles of  atower you can expects speeds of up to 100Mbps, perfect for high-definition streaming.  4G and 4G LTE now cover the Bahamas, the Caribbean, South America, the continental United States, the Mediterranean, and Europe.
  • Satellite Internet- great for offshore trips and passage making. But, it is expensive and slower than 4G, sometimes at 20 times the cost. 

     You are not limited to one service. Most yachts will want to be able to connect at a marina with cable or WiFi and have options while underway. Formulating the answer to the questions of how much Internet do I want, and where and when do I need it determine what services and what hardware you want onboard.

      In each case Concord Marine Electronics experts can help you decide on the right combination. Concord engineers and technicians can install and program multiple sources-dockside cable, WiFi, or 5G, satellite, and 4G and 4G LTE- so that you never lose that Internet connection. You can choose any level of automation or control you want- you do not want to be consuming satellite Internet when faster and economical 4G is on hand.

     Whether it is your home away from home, your new office or classroom, or just an escape from the pandemic, how, where, and when you use your yacht probably changed in the last year. Concord Electronics ability to help customers make the best, and the most, of the that time enabled life to go on to the greatest possible extent. Social distance, knowledge, and good practices help keep us all safe. Staying connected for work, school, and entertainment became essential- and Concord Marine Electronics makes that possible.

For more information visit the Concord Marine Electronics web site, use our Contact Page,  email us at info@concordelectronics.com, or call at +1 954-779-1100

   

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Yachts and Streaming Entertainment 2020


Nothing beats a glorious sunset framed by your yacht’s salon and aft deck, or the sounds of wind and waves flowing around the boat- but sometimes nothing onboard is better than friends and family around a screen with the sights and sounds of everybody’s favorite sports and entertainment. Those used to come over the air, via broadcast TV, then through cable or satellite services. Now, the Internet provides an incredible range of online content, tailored to flow without interruption to your big or small screen-hence the name “streaming”.

Streaming on your yacht- take your favorite entertainment with you.


The explosion of streaming services, even before COVID-19 and the now-common sight of satellite dishes piled on the curb for pickup reinforce that the future of content delivery is on-demand, un-bundled, and delivered via broadband or high-speed Internet. Concord Marine Electronics  engineers and technicians design and install the equipment to stream on-demand sports and entertainment controlled by the viewers in each and any onboard location, and we can help navigate through an ever-increasing menu of streaming service providers.
  •  Concord design engineers work closely with owners and project managers to ensure that the hardware and software required to deliver high-quality content throughout the yacht exceed your expectations. Ditching the satellite dishes and designing for streaming and DVR centered content simplifies installation, cleans up the mast, and provides the array of choices cable and satellite never could. 
When it comes to content delivery, fierce competition for your entertainment and sports dollar creates choices and options. Free trials, pay-as-you-go, and the ability to drop and add at will create the new model centered on consumer choice instead packages full of things you do not want. Another huge and positive change is that the demand for streaming content generated enough revenue for providers to branch into producing original content, a boon to artists and consumers as more creative outlets lead to more variety- giving us even more choices. When Concord Marine Electronics designs, installs, and configures your system you get the finest equipment and installation delivery in addition to a streaming setup ensuring you get the content when, where, and how you want. And there are lots of choices in this new world:
  • Netflix remains one of the giants and grew from a library of content to a producer, going head to head with traditional Hollywood. 2020, for the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, saw a streaming service nominated more than any other contender.  Original shows like “Stranger Things” and Martin Scorsese’s epic and star-powered “The Irishman” drive increasing subscriber counts in addition to the lure of the huge on-demand Netflix vault of entertainment and documentaries.
  • Amazon, another giant store of movies and shows, includes streaming choices with Amazon Prime, or for individual purchases. Amazon too has jumped into producing content like “The Expanse” and the intense “Hunters” with Al Pacino. High quality production values attract star  global talent in every aspect of storytelling, from writing and directing to sets, costumes, and effects- the money is there as the failing cable/dish model sheds customers looking for more control over where their entertainment investment lands.
  • Hulu- a great example of tiered services tailored to what you want. A basic subscription is only $5.99 per month but includes ads. Want to record up to 200 hours and go ad-free? You can pick and choose anywhere from Basic to Premium + Live TV (60 or more live channels) topping out at around $60/month. Or, add HBO to Hulu for only $14.99 per month. Hulu steps beyond the “bundled” model driving consumers away from satellite and cable by letting the consumer, not the programmer, make the choices.
  • Speaking of HBO, the entertainment giant stepped in with “HBO Now” allowing access to almost all HBO sports and entertainment content as a stand-alone video on-demand service. In May 2020 “HBO Max” joins the HBO menu with everything from HBO, and content from third parties and parent WarnerMedia- another big provider pivoting from cable and dish to streaming.
  • Roku devices, or the Roku app on a smart TV, streams live TV, news, sports, and over half a million movies and TV episodes from free and paid channels. High quality content, and high-quality devices, show from budget friendly all the way up to 4K Ultra HD.
  • Sling- Sling Orange remains the most economical way to watch ESPN. For a little background, Dish Network operates Sling TV- a lifeboat for Dish, or hedging their bets. Dish and DirecTV can’t get away from contracts and commitment, but Sling is a no-contract cancel-anytime service. It is now all about consumer control, and choice.
  • Excited about "Star Trek-Strange New Worlds" just greenlit by CBS All Access? For $14.99/month a huge range of CBS shows, including the entire Star Trek canon, stream through Amazon, Roku, smart TV apps, or even your iPhone or Android mobile device.
  • YouTube TV- Local sports, local news, live TV from more than 70 channels, the ability to record from the only DVR with unlimited storage space, the ability to stream your library anywhere on any device, and tiered pricing including YouTube Premium provide ad-free viewing depending on the plan you select.
  • Disney + - The entire Marvel universe, National Geographic, and Star Wars form the backbone of Disney’s ad-free streaming service. Disney Throwbacks revives classic films from the ‘70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, including animated and live-action content favorites.
Choices abound, and the list of streaming services can change almost daily.  The variety of offerings confirms that sports and entertainment content delivery have entered a new world focused on access to everything we need and enjoy on any device, anytime, anywhere- and our yachts are no exception. Family time and the exploration of beautiful places combine adventure and serenity, and with streaming services and devices we can follow our favorite teams, stars, and shows whenever we want. Concord Marine Electronics , and our partner at Marine Data Solutions continue to lead in every aspect, from yacht Internet and bandwidth, hardware selection, configuration, and installation, including helping you pick the streaming services that fit best.


For more information, visit our website at https://concordelectronics.com; use our Contact page, or email us at info@concordelectronics.com; or call +1 (954) 779-1100


Monday, April 20, 2020

New website for a new world

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Concord Marine Electronics | new website for 2020

Technology producers and suppliers, marine and otherwise, like Concord Marine Electronics  lead by enabling mobility, security, and connectivity solutions preserving the ability of customers to stay informed, safe, and positioned to take advantage of one of their most useful assets- a safe floating retreat capable of isolation and movement. The new Concord Electronics website captures that innovative spirit, and a new design provides the best platform to display the wide range of design, installation, service, and technology we deliver.

Innovation and continuous improvement cannot and do not stop in times of crisis. In fact, times like these demand that companies persevere and adapt to better invest in the post-crisis world we will welcome shortly. Concord Marine Electronics maintains a leadership position- in technology, in customer service, in advanced design capabilities, and our team today looks forward, to what yachting and electronics will look like in tomorrow’s “new normal”. We are focusing on the future and using our new website design to launch ourselves and our strategies to keep our customers connected, safe, and on course.

Bandwidth- critical and in the realm of “life support” in the COVID-19 lockdown. That will not change and our partner at Marine DataSolutions continues to work on infrastructure and availability, and importantly ease of access. Online enrollments, video, phone, and chat support, and the integration of hardware and software make it easy for our clients to keep their yachts connected.

Bandwidth management and networking- the need for connectivity to, from, and throughout your yacht rose to a new level as video chat and conferencing, remote work, and the demand for remote services and information increased during the crisis. This will never return to its pre-crisis status. Communication, monitoring, maintenance, and entertainment over the wire and over the air demand adaptive connectivity- satellite, 4 and 5G, and wired connections must switch seamlessly always seeking the best and most efficient and economical paths. Concord’s focus on design and engineering  uniquely positions us to upgrade and service network performance, and during the crisis we are actively seeking new processes, procedures, and partners to enhance yacht connectivity.

Trust- who do you want on your yacht? Employees vetted, tested, certified- or subcontractors? Concord’s promise differentiates us. Our focus on trust, training and verifiability will intensify. Our customers will continue to get all the details of who, how much, when and what we need access to with full transparency.

Service- Concord plans to lead a revolution in remote service capabilities. We will seek out and develop new ways to connect to your equipment for software and configuration updates and changes. We will encourage and focus on manufacturers who see this as a priority to reduce the need to travel or be on-site when hardware or infrastructure demands do not exist. Help Desk availability and continuation and expansion of our 24-hour phone support and secure video and remote access will greatly expand our ability to keep customer equipment completely operational. 

There is a saying that Tesla is a technology company that makes cars. If you reflect on what your experience during the COVID-19 crisis would have been like without bandwidth and Amazon it is clear that the “new normal” favors that mindset- that companies taking  the lessons about remote work and management, supply chain integrity, and adaptive and responsive personnel will be able to improve service and product delivery.

Our new website describes Concord and builds on that promise to our clients:

  • About Concord  lays out the standards we adhere to in new builds, upgrades, and service, where we meet and exceed manufacturer specifications ensuring proper warranty coverage.
  • Validation and certification: Concord will continue to look for trusted partners like Lauderdale Marine Center. Raising professional standards, encouraging certifications, and demanding the highest in professional skills and conduct protects yachts, crews, and trust in the marine industry.
  • Concord installers and technicians- vetted, trained, monitored, and insured- are employees, not subcontractors.
  • Unlike others, Concord prices are quotes, not estimates. We want to discuss value above and beyond price- and when it comes to critical marine systems including navigation, security, and communication value, quality, and performance in adverse conditions remain critical decision points.

Concord’s practices and culture position us to not just endure COVID-19, but to learn, adapt, grow, and prepare for the next evolution of yachting and technology. Our new website confirms our commitment to the future as we expand our services to better face new challenges, and most importantly, embrace new opportunities to make yachting safer and more fun. 

Please contact us through our site at https://concordelectronics.com/contact-us/, email us at info@concordelectronics.com, or call +1 (954)779-1100
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Fort Lauderdale Marine Center - Where the Boats Are

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