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Significant Dredge Monitoring Network for OSIL

supply of a network of dredge monitoring buoys.The Tern buoy hull design incorporates a stainless steel sub frame with a moon pool for instrument protection, and its modular manufacture makes the buoy easy to ship and assemble on-site following delivery. The 12 buoys are set up to communicate via Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD) with an onboard Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) option to further reduce operational costs when the buoys are moved closer inshore as the project progresses.OSIL said data from the buoys can be fed directly into the client servers via Iridium SBD, and the client'

EvoLogics Presents the new PingGuin AUV.

Inspired by Adélie penguins, EvoLogics Presents its new PingGuin AUV

EvoLogics USBL modem for underwater data transfers and position estimations, the modem features an integrated atomic clock for precise synchronization of the acoustic network. The AUV’s surface communication module comprises Wifi, Radio and GNSS with a combined collapsible antenna (and an optional Iridium/GSM modem).The propulsion system includes 4 horizontal thrusters in X-shaped configuration and 3 vertical thrusters for maneuverability and speed, and the vehicle is able to hold position and hover in the water column.The PingGuin’s step back from its wildlife counterpart is the anchoring

Royal Navy on Target with MASS Simulation System

for land bombardment ranges and the necessity to destroy physical targets on land or at sea.The free-floating system consists of a set of operation buoys, which report acoustic event data, point of impact, and precise time. The acoustic event data is sent to a base station receiver using overthe-horizon Iridium satellite telemetry or UHF line-of-sight radio, this allows MASS to measure indirect fire. Real-time results are viewed and analyzed both on-ship and at land-based command posts.“MASS is the future of naval gunfire training,” said Tony Chedrawy, President & CEO, MetOcean Telematics

AutoNaut now has 10 of its wave propelled vehicles.Image: AutoNaut

Drill Rig Noise: Entering the Exclusion Zone, Quietly

, although acceptance and use for growing applications are starting to accelerate,” says Burnett.For this project, the 5m-long AutoNaut system was chosen. The Islay AutoNaut was equipped with a 25m-long two-channel towed hydrophone array and a hull-mounted PAM. It had 1,800 m line of sight control, iridium communications and Wi-fi data access for wireless data transfer at sea. “It has quiet wave-foil propulsion to minimise contamination of the data, needs zero fuel because it harvests energy from waves to move forward and proven command and control,” says Burnett. It could be monitored

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New Drifter Buoy Tracks Water Currents

MetOcean Telematics has developed the STOKES Iridium tracking drifter, a compact drifting buoy designed and tested in technical partnership with Florida State University (FSU) that tracks water currents at the surface.The small light-weight buoy is equipped with Iridium satellite telemetry, GPS positioning and a sea surface temperature sensor. Iridium satellite telemetry enables the buoy to provide vital sensor and geo-positional location data in real time. Iridium also allows the buoy to have bi-directional capabilities. This is a critical ability, for example, if the buoy enters a region of interest

Nortek and Del Mar Oceanographic are collaborating to give researchers from around the globe a cost-effective way to answer vital questions surrounding the functioning of ocean processes. Image: Nortek

Case Study: Helping Ocean Researchers Obtain Hi-Resolution Measurements at a Lower Cost

to the data captured by any instruments mounted on it. “In many experiments, the data very quickly become more valuable than the Wirewalker and its instruments,” Pinkel says. The company is currently upgrading the Wirewalker’s ability to transmit data to shore via GSM, VHS and the Iridium satellite constellation. In the future, they will also harness wave energy to power the instruments that the Wirewalker carries, further extending the potential duration of deployments

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MetOcean Telematics Opens Ottawa Office

MetOcean Telematics has announced that it has opened a new office in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.   “This new location strengthens MetOcean’s regional presence, offers a single location for sales and product support in Ottawa where we can better serve our customers”, said Nelio DiCola, Business Development Manager with MetOcean Telematics.As a global Iridium Satellite, Value-Added Reseller (VAR) focused on hardware solutions, data services, and support, MetOcean Telematics is hopeful to further their expand their services to local customers.

SeaTrac’s new SP-48 production model ASV. Buddy Duncan, SeaTrac.

On-Demand, Continuous Eelgrass Monitoring

oxygen and chlorophyll.The SeaTrac ASV was launched from the public boat ramp in Plymouth and towed out of the harbor.  During the mission, data from the YSI sonde was logged on the ASV and simultaneously sent back to shore through the three wireless links available: line of sight RF, cellular and Iridium, and saved to dedicated database servers. With this system, the team onshore was able to track live progress, as well as go back and review any historical data at any time.For SeaTrac, the goal of the mission was to see if the platform was capable of managing the currents and the speed/distance

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Royal Navy Supports Successful Trial of New Micro-Robots

;While the subs were deployed and recovered by the RN, initially the vehicles were piloted by our senior software engineer Jérémy Sitbon on board the Enterprise, but following his departure, further deployments were undertaken from Enterprise with piloting done remotely from NOC over the Iridium satellite.Terry Sloane, Managing Director of Planet Ocean, said: "Micro-AUVs are low cost and highly flexible platforms with the potential to transform data collection across the maritime sector. This demonstrator mission provided a fantastic opportunity for us to deploy ecoSUBs from a Royal

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