Simrad ME70 Échosondeur multifaisceau scientifique

Simrad ME70

Intuitive interface results in prestigious design award

In March 2007, the Norwegian Design Council presented Simrad with a prestigious Design Award for the new interface of its fishery research multibeam echo sounder, the Simrad ME70. The interface has already been put to use in Simrad s latest products for fishery research applications and is set to become the standard platform across all of Simrad s future echo sounder and sonar products.

The award for good design

Simrad s Kjell Gjestad led a team of in-house engineers and designers from Norwegian design firm Formel Industrial Design. The company committed an extensive development phase to the project, to ensure that the new interface was as user friendly as possible.

- It is very important to us that it is easily accessible, says Kjell Gjestad, Simrad.

- We wanted a professional, suitable and functional user interface to emphasize the quality that is the backbone of all our products, but more importantly to make sure that users can gain optimum performance from the equipment when it is in everyday use. We have achieved this aim and receiving this award is a reflection of the hard work of everyone involved.

The notification from the Norwegian Design Council s judging panel points out that the new user interface is based on a considerable amount of technological innovation as well a novel approach to many of the challenges. Further it states that the design is intuitive, easy to use, and flexible. Five large buttons control the main functions of the Simrad ME70 and the menu system is logical and intuitive. It is possible to display five different screen images simultaneously, which the user can select individually with ease. The overall expression and terminology is clear and well suited for the target users and the colours, symbols and light settings are well adapted to changes in the ambient conditions.

- Several Simrad customers have provided us with valuable contributions, including the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the French research institute Ifremer, both who use our multibeam systems already. This cooperation with customers has helped to create a highly dynamic interface, which they themselves will benefit from. We are constantly communicating with our customers to ensure our user interface and our products meet and exceed requirements, says Torfinn Johansen who was responsible for the technical development of the new user interface.

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