Kraken Sonar Inc., a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems, said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately C$3,000,000 (US$2.5 million) by Ocean Infinity.
Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix (Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor) solution onboard eight of Ocean Infinity's HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). Delivery of the systems is planned to commence during the fourth quarter of 2017.
Karl Kenny, Kraken's President and CEO, said, “Ocean Infinity has the world's most advanced unmanned maritime technology for seabed mapping, survey and search. Adding AquaPix sonar to their fleet will enable them to simultaneously produce crisp imagery and detailed 3D digital terrain maps of seafloor topography. The system will be used worldwide to collect high-resolution seabed data in water depths up to 6,000 meters and to cover huge swaths of seabed quickly and accurately.”
Designed for operation on AUVs and towed platforms, the modular AquaPix system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal processing software optimized for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraints of unmanned maritime vehicles.
AquaPix is a Synthetic Aperture Sonar system providing military grade technology that enables superior 3D seabed imaging, faster data processing and a lower cost than competing sonars. Conventional side scan systems are limited in that they only provide high resolution imagery at short ranges. AquaPix produces ultra high-resolution seabed imagery at very long ranges. The additional information provided by AquaPix delivers detection and identification capabilities that cannot be achieved with conventional sidescan sonar.
AquaPix also generates highly accurate 3D bathymetry data that is registered and geo-referenced to the same pixel grid coordinates as the imagery. The capability of generating centimeter-scale resolution in all three spatial domains provides performance improvements in the detection, classification and identification of seabed objects.