Volvo Penta Makes Connecting 'Easy'

By BoatUS Editorial Staff

Monitor your boat's vitals with your smartphone, then study the data at home.

Using the Easy Connect app on a tablet

It seems like everything is interconnected these days, and Volvo Penta is adding to the trend with its new app that allows boat owners to better monitor their boats' performance.

Called Easy Connect, the new app gives boat owners access to engine, boat, and route data — directly on their smartphone or tablet. The free-to-download app is paired with an onboard Bluetooth interface installed in the boat that transfers data. This gives instant live access while onboard and information for referencing later when back on land. Route history is automatically stored within the app, which is a perfect tool to plan for future trips.

"With mobile apps now being an integral part of people's everyday lives, it's clear that boat owners want this kind of interactive connectivity when on the water and at home, too," says Anders Thorin, manager for product planning for electronics at Volvo Penta.

Easy Connect app boat and dashboard screenshot

The Easy Connect app has a simple and intuitive dashboard-style layout that can be personalized to each customer's requirements. There is a Captain view for onboard operation, and a Home view to see saved information when not connected to the boat.

Captain view gives access to data, such as route, engine speed, oil temperature, fuel tank levels, battery status, engine hours, pressure, and alarm status.

Home view information. such as the amount of fuel left, engine hours, and the latest journey, is always stored within the app. The app also keeps a list of previous journeys, allowing boat owners to revisit their favorite trips. In the map function, owners will be able to see the position of the boat when they were last connected.

Boaters can also use the app's map function to share their trips via social media, so that friends and family can see favorite locations and exciting journeys.

Easy Connect also simplifies service and support. In the case that there is a diagnostic trouble code, the app provides access to data about the complete Volvo Penta installation in the boat. Customers can also store the email address of their local dealer in the app, so that they can easily send any information or fault codes — a useful function when booking a service or inspection. This enhanced communication allows the dealer to prepare efficiently for support and servicing.

Easy Connect is compatible with all EVC-equipped diesel and gasoline engines in single and twin installations. It is also compatible with non-EVC gasoline engine installations from the model year 2006 and later.

The Easy Connect interface includes NMEA2000 functionality, enabling it to be connected to an existing NMEA communications network onboard so that engine data can be streamed to compatible multifunction displays. To use the app, boat owners will need to buy and install the Easy Connect interface in the boat. Volvo says that handy owners can install the hardware themselves, or they can get a local dealer to do it for them.

The Easy Connect app is available now for Apple devices and will be available for Android devices later this year. 

— Published: February 2018

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