Kongsberg Autonomous Camera Systems for OOI
Posted by Irina Tabakina
The Kongsberg Maritime Camera group delivered the first set of cabled IP Digital Still Camera Stations (CAMDS) to the University of Washington. Designed for real-time imaging via the cabled observatory’s Internet connection, the regional CAMDS systems will be deployed as part of the OOI at methane seep and hydrothermal vent sites deep in the ocean. They will capture images of the evolving vents and the bacterial and animal life that grows around them. Each system consists of a HD Digital Stills Camera mounted onto a Pan and Tilt Unit. Also included are LED Lamps, a Dual Laser Reference Unit, Junction Box and frame work. All components including the connectors are made of titanium so the unit can be deployed at a depth of up to 3,000m for up to a year without maintenance.
(As published in the June 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - http://www.marinetechnologynews.com/Magazine)