Boating Industry magazine has named the Dometic Smart Touch Integrated Intelligence Control (STIIC) a Top Product of the Year. Boating Industry’s annual Top Products awards program recognizes products for their innovation, impact on the industry and how they advanced their category, or created a new category.
Dometic STIIC is a revolutionary and user-friendly software tool that connects a boat’s Dometic systems such as air conditioning, watermakers, ice makers, refrigeration systems, engine ventilation systems and more to the STIIC network, and interactively communicates with the boat owner. Accessible from a mobile app, STIIC allows boat owners – or their captains or technicians – to monitor all their Dometic systems from one location, such as a car, office or beach house, via mobile phone, tablet or computer.
“Dometic is honored that STIIC has been named a Boating Industry Top Product. With STIIC, Dometic engineers and programmers have come up with a truly unique and convenient solution for boaters: An easy-to-use app that can be used to check a boat system’s status, change its settings, turn it on, turn it off, or diagnose a problem,” said Doug Curtis, VP of Marketing, Dometic Americas. “STIIC effectively acts as a remote control for boats, bringing a whole new level of comfort and control to owners and their passengers.”
STIIC acts as a control point between the boat owner and the Dometic equipment on-board the boat. Products aboard the boat send internet data to secure STIIC servers. The boat owner can access that data via the free STIIC app on a smart phone, tablet, or computer. In addition to troubleshooting, STIIC can be used prior to a voyage to start up the boat’s air-conditioner, ensuring that the vessel is cool and comfortable when passengers arrive to board. It can also be used to activate a boat’s Dometic Sea Xchange watermaker to ensure there is plenty of potable water before setting out.
The STIIC system is easy to set up and understand, but if owners or captains do need help, the same system allows a technician to perform remote diagnostics and talk them through a troubleshooting process without a costly or time-consuming on-site visit to the vessel.
The STIIC network automatically expands as new Dometic products are installed on-board. Use of a product’s STIIC interface is always optional and can be bypassed at any time since each Dometic system retains its independent controls for hands-on operation on-board.
The Dometic STIIC mobile intelligence software also simplifies the integration to ship-wide network control systems. Instead of developing an interface for each Dometic product, third-party software developers only need one connection point to STIIC.
To view a video of the Dometic STIIC, visit http://youtu.be/OBwe8UnLDwM .
Dometic Marine, announced that the Dometic Eskimo Cup – formerly known as the Dometic Cup Cooler – has received the 2015 John “Walkabout” Sisson Innovation Award from the IBBI, the Independent Boat Builders Incorporated. A new product for the 2015 boating season, the Eskimo Cup is the industry’s first thermoelectric cup holder for boats. It keeps drinks refrigerator-cold, and can replace most standard cup holders onboard pleasure or workboats.
The Sisson Innovation Award rewards suppliers for their innovative thinking and highlights new products that drive the marine industry forward. “Our members voted amongst several new products during our meeting earlier this month. We had great entries this year, but Dometic’s Eskimo Cup really captured the innovative thinking that we look for to honor John Sisson,” said IBBI President, Tom Broy.
The Dometic Eskimo Cup brings a new element of luxury and comfort onboard, keeping drinks refrigerator-cold even on the hottest days. A soda or beer may be cold enough when you pull it out of the ice chest, but from that moment on, it starts warming up. Now, for the first time in the history of boating, your beverage will actually get colder as you drink it.
“When we developed the technology for the Eskimo Cup, we had a singular mission: To invent a cost-effective, easy-to-install device that would keep drinks cold without the need for ice or a cooler,” said Bill Liptak, Dometic product engineer and inventor of the Eskimo Cup. “Boaters can easily and affordably replace their standard 4-inch cup holders with Eskimo Cups. We are delighted to announce to boaters that with this new thermoelectric cup holder, they never need to drink warm beer or soda again.”
Designed as a marine-tough, open-top thermoelectric cylinder that replaces nearly any existing standard 4-inch (102 mm) cup holder, the Eskimo Cup is large enough to fit a 20-ounce (591 ml) water or soda bottle, and also accommodates a standard-size beer or soda can. A specially angled bottom insert keeps bottles or cans of any size in constant physical contact with the sidewall thermoelectric cooling element.
The Eskimo Cup is designed for flush-mounting into decks of various thicknesses. A polished marine-quality 316 stainless steel trim ring finishes the surface installation and is accented with two blue LED interior lights. The aluminum interior has a marine-friendly corrosion-resistant, non-stick surface for easy cleaning. A built-in drain eliminates condensation, rain, and water splashes.
Powered by the house battery, control of all the boat’s Eskimo Cups can be managed with a single switch or set up with zone switching. Each unit includes a low-voltage cut off to avoid a dead battery, a high-voltage cut off to prevent damage to the unit, a high-heat cut off, and an in-line fuse.
To view a video on the Eskimo Cup, go to https://youtu.be/kl_YMG_E5qc .