Monday, February 20, 2017

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Kraken’s Real Time Synthetic Aperture Sonar Signal Processor. Coffee cup used for scale.

Kraken Delivers Real Time Sonar Signal Processor

.   In 2013 DSTO procured an AquaPix Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar system from Kraken for research related to enhancing mine detection and neutralization techniques using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). As their research advanced, DSTO scientists required a real-time sonar signal processing capability embedded directly onboard their REMUS 600 AUV. In real-time signal processing, the analyzed (input) and generated (output) samples can be processed continuously. DSTO is also developing automatic target recognition algorithms to identify naval mines. Moving the algorithms directly

Fran Rowe

MTR100: Rowe Technologies

profile configurations for these markets: the oceanographic, intercoastal waters, river waterways, renewable energy, Remote Operated Vehicles [ROVs] and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles [AUVs].  Tech Profile RTI’s core team is centered on advanced electronic engineering and signal processing development, as well as acoustic transducer design and development of traditional and multi-frequency piston products and planar arrays. Our core competencies are: •    Underwater Acoustics •    Acoustic Imaging •    Embedded Signal

General Dynamics Introduce Airborne Acoustic Processing System

threats is now possible with the introduction of its newest airborne acoustic processing systems. Venom, the UYS-505 system, is the latest addition to General Dynamics’ family of acoustic processing offerings. It leverages commercial-level advances in hardware and the latest innovations in signal processing technologies to maximize the detection of submerged threats in deep and coastal waters. Venom is built specifically for fixed and rotary-wing applications and engineered to improve tactical awareness, reduce operator workload and alleviate size, weight and power concerns in the cramped cabins

(Image:  Teledyne TSS)

Teledyne TSS’s Saturn AHRS and INS

Teledyne TSS’s Saturn AHRS and INS (Attitude and Heading Reference System and Inertial Navigation System) is now market ready. The Saturn product family is based upon fiber-optic technology developed and manufactured by Teledyne TSS. The family also incorporates advanced digital signal processing and algorithm design to deliver a highly accurate and reliable product to meet the demanding needs of the marine market. www.teledyne-tss.co.uk   (As published in the March 2015 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazine)

AquaPix INSAS2 system integrated into DRDC's Arctic Explorer AUV. (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken Delivers Sonar System to Canada Defense Agency

government departments as well as the public safety and national security communities the knowledge and technological advantage needed to defend and protect Canada’s interests at home and abroad. Kraken delivered a dual-sided AquaPix INSAS2 system complete with an Embedded Real-Time INSAS signal processing engine and two DataPod Removable Data Storage Modules. The $500,000 system was integrated into DRDC's Arctic Explorer class Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). The sonar system was competitively procured under the Naval Mine Countermeasures project, part of DRDC's Underwater Warfare Program

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E-scan Radar Enhanced for Coastal and Harbor Security

Blighter's low power, solid state, zero maintenance PESA radar with Doppler signal processing filters out sea wave clutter returns in both velocity and amplitude; detects very small and slow moving targets (smugglers and pirates in kayaks, RIBS etc.) in rough seas, heavy rain and fog out to 10km Blighter Surveillance Systems, a British electronic-scanning (e-scan) radar and sensor solution provider, has enhanced its Blighter e-scan radar's effectiveness for coastal and harbor security with a raft of new features including a sea wave clutter filter. The new features will enable its radar to

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New All-in-one Optical Incremental Encoder from Renishaw

Available to order from August 2016, VIONiCplus is Renishaw's new optical incremental encoder system launched as part of the VIONiC digital all-in-one encoder series. The VIONiC design combines all necessary interpolation and signal processing inside the readhead and eliminates the requirement for additional external interfaces. To this end, Renishaw said it has developed a new Versatile Interpolation ASIC (VIA) chip to perform all of the functions originally executed by the interface. Other features, working in conjunction with the Advanced Diagnostic Tool (ADT), bring the end-user wide-ranging

Kraken Debuts AquaTrak Correlation Velocity Log at OB ’15

AquaTrak uses advanced acoustic correlation and Synthetic Aperture Sonar signal processing to provide superior performance over conventional sensors.   Kraken Sonar Inc. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has introduced AquaTrak, a next generation Correlation Velocity Log.  The product was launched at the Ocean Business conference in Southampton, United Kingdom.   Underwater navigation is essential for a diverse range of Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) military and commercial applications.  Although GPS and other radio signals have been

MTR100: iXBlue

CEO/President: Philippe Debaillon Vesque    No. of Employees: 500   iXBlue is a provider of solutions and services for navigation, positioning and imaging, recognized for its work on the development of ultimate performance fiber-optic gyroscopes (FOG), acoustic and sonar signal processing and inertial-acoustic sensor data fusion. iXBlue’s offerings encompass inertial navigation systems, acoustic positioning, sonar solutions and imaging systems. Its solutions are used in challenging applications, including offshore construction and dredging, geophysics and hydrography

Rowe Technologies

;  Angle to targets based on beam-forming and echo angle-of-arrival, and •    Bottom and water column acoustic image characteristics based on echo intensity and range. The Tech Rowe Technologies’ (RTI) core team is centered on advanced electronic engineering and signal processing development as well as acoustic transducer design and development of traditional and multi-frequency piston products and planar arrays. Its core competencies are: •    Underwater Acoustics •    Acoustic Imaging •    Embedded Signal

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ASL Builds Custom Instrument for Hydrothermal Vent Flow

NEPTUNE cabled observatory at the Endeavour hydrothermal vent site, approximately 300 kilometers off the west coast of Vancouver Island, in 2,200-meter water depth. The deployment is scheduled for 2016, with logistical support from Ocean Networks Canada.  The instrument will employ advanced signal processing techniques and two-way acoustic transmissions to measure the rise velocity of the plume and its turbulent properties in near-real time. Long-term measurements of these properties, in conjunction with three-dimensional plume models, will advance understanding of the interaction between hydrothermal

Dr. Ryan Pitre

EdgeTech Adds Principal Research Scientist

EdgeTech announced that Ryan Pitre, Ph.D. joined its Research and Development team. Dr. Ryan Pitre earned his Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans under target tracking researcher Dr. X. Rong Li. Dr. Pitre has experience in probabilistics, beam forming, signal processing, mission planning for unmanned systems, and multiple-model target tracking. His recent experience includes anti-submarine warfare, passive sonar systems, and multistatic radar systems. Dr. Ryan Pitre joined the company in May with over 10 years of electrical engineering experience and will work with EdgeTech’s exception

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L-3 Klein to Showcase System 5900 Advance Multi-Function Sonar Platform

MIL/COTS S5900 Side Scan Sonar represents Klein’s advanced multi-function sonar platform and includes the following key features: high resolution multi-beam side scan sonar, swath bathymetry sonar, gap filler sonar and integrated tow body sensor and subsystems. The sonar employs advanced signal processing techniques and superior acoustic design to improve overall along track target resolution.  When coupled with the gap filler sonar for fast coverage rates, The S5900 high speed, high resolution, side scan sonar performance capabilities makes the system suitable for MLO detection, classification

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STR Adds Two Sonardyne DVLs to Rental Pool

Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) to its expanding rental inventory.   The order for two 4000-meter depth rated units was placed with Sonardyne International Ltd following demand from STR’s customers.   The Sonardyne Syrinx differs from other DVLs through its use of fully linear signal processing, low noise electronics and adaptive bottom lock. These features enable Syrinx to operate at altitudes over 50 percent higher than conventional 600 kHz DVLs with the high resolution performance of a 1,200 kHz DVL.   Syrinx can be employed as a standalone DVL, as part of an integrated

Christopher Pyne MP Photo Parliament of Austraila website

Thales Awarded Collins Sonar Upgrade Design

including Sonartech Atlas and L3 Oceania, as well as suppliers from the United Kingdom (UK) and France to design the Collins sonar system upgrade.    "The sonar system upgrade will install improved sonar sensor arrays aboard each of the Collins submarines, as well as improved signal processing systems," Minister Pyne said.   “Under the contract Australian industry will play a key role in delivering leading edge sonar capability for Australian submarines.”    “The Australian industry component of the contract to be led by Thales Australia

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Divex to Supply US Navy with Helicom Matrix

on the voice which complicates the communication process. Early helium speech unscramblers created a lot of distortion which made it difficult for reliable diver communication. The HeliCom Matrix achieves superior, crystal-clear diver helium voice communication through advanced DSP (digital signal processing) helium speech decoding techniques. The helium speech from the pressurised divers and the chamber occupants are mixed in an audio mixer before decoding to the selected gas and environmental settings by a digital signal processing circuit (DSP). This has been the key element of HeliCom&rsquo

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US Navy Seeks Improved Undersea Capabilities

acoustic underwater GPS sources and corresponding small-form factor receivers.”   The vehicle instrumentation needed to capture and process acoustic signals for accurate navigation will also be developed under this program. The company will leverage its expertise and capabilities in signal processing, acoustic communications, interference cancellation, and anti-jam/anti-spoof technologies for the program. Other members of BAE Systems’ POSYDON team are the University of Washington, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Texas at Austin

SUBSEA 20/20 Named N. American Agency for EvoLogics

bandwidth and transmission rates. EvoLogics underwater acoustic modems and positioning systems continuously spread the signal energy over a wide range of frequencies and adapt the signal structure so that the multipath components do not interfere with each other. At the receiver end, advanced signal processing collects the energy and converts the received signals into sharp signals. This results in achieving significant depression of multipath disturbances and substantial system gain, enabling successful decoding of signals also in challenging environments. subsea2020.com  

Kraken Wins Government Funding to Support Development of Acoustic Velocity Sensor

size, weight and power to be significantly reduced compared to the DVL while offering increased accuracy. Also, by operating at a lower frequency, the CVL offers increased operational range. “CVL technology has received little attention for UUV applications - perhaps due to the intensive signal processing requirements. We believe we can now leverage the many advances in broadband transducer and digital electronics technology to provide a step change in performance” said Dr. Marc Pinto, Chief Technology Officer for Kraken. “Synthetic Aperture Sonar is an excellent example of this

Image:  Rowe Technologies Inc.

MTR100: Rowe Technologies Inc.

for measuring currents, directional waves and underwater navigation for shallow coastal environments to full ocean depths. RoweTech provides dual frequency ADCP/DVL and high resolution velocity measurements (0.01 cm/s). RoweTechs’ core team is centered on advanced electronic engineering and signal processing development, as well as acoustic transducer design and development of traditional and multi-frequency piston products and planar arrays.   RoweTechs’ modern electronics platform for ADCPs and DVLs allows for a compact form factor, as well as the flexibility of up to 16 signal processing

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