A trackball without a cable is like an anchor without a chain. The anchor does its job, but I wouldn't trust it.
An article about wireless keyboards and trackballs solutions and our latest innovations.. At NSI, we dare to call ourselves specialists in keyboards and pointing devices. For more than 30 years, our developments have provided reliable solutions for the most demanding applications. To meet the strict requirements in our main markets, our top priority is to deliver only solutions that you can rely on for their robustness and reliability. We are regularly asked why we do not (yet) supply wireless keyboards or trackballs. On this we can be clear and honest: a wireless technology is not (yet) 100% reliable in our main industries, while this is just one of our top priorities at NSI. It is our main focus to deliver only outstanding solutions that you can fully rely on, even in harsh conditions. Or as we also say: A trackball without a cable is like an anchor without a chain. The anchor does its job, but I wouldn't trust it.But at NSI we continue to innovate, so we can hereby inform that we are working on reliable wireless systems. Of course, we have to take some important things into consideration to ensure we deliver the quality you expect from us: Can 100% reliability be guaranteed?. What about the power supply in the device?. What about the high or low working temperatures and humid environments?. Does wireless continue to work with several other electrical systems in the same environment?. . . So in any case, we are confident of our wired products, but we continue to innovate! For example, one of our latest developments that we are quite proud of is the trackball below: the ambidextrous trackball. It is a completely new development together with our partner Cursor Controls: Usable for both right- and left-handed users. High resolution sensor. Innovative touch scroll pad. Ceramic bearingsAnd guess what... it's wired!. . . This trackball is our latest new development, which we are delighted to say it will very shortly be undergoing IEC60945 marine certification. It promises to be a great addition to our marine solutions and a unique product in the maritime market. If you want more information or to be kept up to date with our NSI developments:, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to provide the necessary details.
CIRM - Our contribution to the newsletter of July 2022
We are a proud member of CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime - The International Association for Marine Electronics Companies). Last friday the summer newsletter was sent and we had the opportunity to make our contribution with an article about NSI. We want to give you the chance to read this article too, so we are posting it on our own blog: The most demanding jobs ask for the most reliable solutions.Let’s take a deep dive into the world of maritime keyboards, pointing devices and control panels.. Requirements for maritime applications are demanding. More and more regulations are coming, mandatory tests and certifications are indispensable, and in the maritime world, all components simply have to meet the highest standards. Parts must be protected against water, dust, dirt, oil and even chemicals. Therefore a deep technical knowledge is needed to find the right solutions for operations in challenging conditions. These requirements also apply for keyboards, trackballs and control panels. Therefore, our company NSI has fully committed itself to meet the highest level of control, accuracy and quality in this niche market. Since 1988 NSI provides reliable solutions for the demanding applications in various industries. One of our largest markets is the maritime and marine sector. With more than 30 years of experience you can say we are a reliable supplier of all kinds of input devices. Input devices can be understood as various products: keyboards, trackballs, joysticks, touchpads, control panels, radar & ECDIS control panels and more. NSI is a Belgian based company and, together with the UK company Cursor Controls, part of the discoverIE Group plc. We offer the most extended range of maritime keyboard and trackball solutions with IEC60945 certification in the world! This large standard product range is a big advantage, but we really make a difference with flexible custom solutions and personalized products. Even for smaller quantities. Do you know that NSI and Cursor Controls are the only companies offering IP68 fully waterproof trackballs? This patented design has already proven a huge difference in various maritime applications. Furthermore the development of custom and standard IP68 trackballs and scroll wheels is constantly being improved. Through the years, our reputation for quality has ensured that we have collaborated with some of the most visible names in maritime technology. You can see the usage of the NSI products in various applications: from yachts till submarines and from workboats till navy ships or cruise vessels. NSI stands for high quality technical solutions. Therefore we are proud to state our development of the GEN4 keyboard controller based on Cypress Infineon PSoC 4. For this USB keyboard controller full developments has been done in-house. This enables us to offer the greatest possible flexibility towards customer solutions. These are including: Large Switch matrix support;. Multiple key-technology;. Easy connection and processing of up to 7 bidirectional rotary encoders;. Led backlight control at individual key level;. Flexible trackball integration;. In-field reprogramming support via integrated boot loader.. At NSI we also offer a full service regarding testing and certification for IEC60945 / IACS E10 and MIL Standards like MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461. All the tests are exclusively done in collaboration with accredited test houses. In this way we unburdens our customers for the tests and certifications and assures them to deliver certified products. Furthermore NSI has an ‘open certificate’ for light customization for most of their standard products. This means that small changes, like another country layout, backlight change or adding a logo can be made without having to reapply for certification. Maybe a small change already might be the perfect solution for you? To this we can add that our company has all necessary mechanical and electrical design facilities available in order to meet specific customer requirements. This enables us to offer custom made products, for example: - Personalized sealed keyboard, branded with a logo;- Special shape or output;- A pointing device that fits perfectly into your own console, withstanding extreme temperatures;- Special requirements or a certification for certain applications or markets;- Or a complete custom made control panel. Our dedicated team of development engineers like to be challenged and the goals is always to deliver high quality custom products that meet all requirements. NSI regards close cooperation with their customers throughout the entire design and production process as the key point to a successful partnership and perfect solution. We can conclude that through these many years of experience, our high quality product solutions, the wide products range and the possibility for customization, we can fulfil our role as a trustworthy supplier in the maritime market.. Keyboards & pointing devicesfor the most demanding jobs.
Rebranding of NSI's logo and corporate identity
Rebranding of NSI's logo and corporate identity. NSI's original logo was created by a Brussels artist when the company was founded in 1988. Since then, we have proudly used this composition for more than 30 years. Our logo is now well known in the sector and still represents solidity and confidence. We love our logo, we love our brand, but we are also moving forward! So it was time to modernise our logo. This spring, our internal marketing manager renewed the existing NSI logo while maintaining and respecting the historic fundamentals of NSI. The following changes were made: The composition of NSI is slightly repositioned so that the dimensions are completely correct.. Our main product categories "keyboards & pointing devices" has been added to the logo.. Our tagline "for the most demanding jobs" has been added to the logo. This confirms our values of providing high quality products in various sectors with high requirements.. The logo was modernised by using a sleek font.. The colours were adjusted and fixed. The orange accent colour gives an extra fresh and modern look to NSI.. With the renewal of the logo, we give our appearance a new boost, without detracting from our history. If you would like to use our new logo and colours, you can download them from our download center.