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Innovations that power your operations headline Sonardyne’s theme for Oi2022

March 7, 2022

Marine technology company Sonardyne will use next week’s Oceanology International exhibition and conference in London to present the first of its new products and services for 2022 targeted at answering operational challenges across energy, defence and science.

On Sonardyne’s stand, F300, and as part of the daily in-water programme, visitors will be able to experience innovations for crewed and uncrewed vehicle platforms, seafloor and structure surveillance, and remotely connected, over-the-horizon missions.

Making its global tradeshow debut is Initiation Transponder 6 (IT 6), an entirely new way to remotely and securely activate mine neutralisers used in unexploded ordnance (UXO) and mine countermeasures (MCM) clearance operations. It can be placed by a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) or diver and is suitable for both high order detonation and low order deflagration methods.

IT 6s are controlled using Deck Topside, Sonardyne’s new portable control unit that can be used all day, in any weather, and from any size of boat. Sonardyne is using Oi2022 to show how Deck Topside is the future of its back-deck command, control and communications offering with the first look at a valuable functionality addition.

With Deck Topside, users can now acoustically test, load, interrogate and activate their Sonardyne RT 6 acoustic release transponders, as well as IT 6s, simplifying the topside choices on offer.

On start-up, users simply decide which mode they want Deck Topside to operate in; RT 6 or IT 6, with the 7-inch touchscreen displaying a bespoke user interface configured for that particular operation.

Oceanology also sees the arrival of the latest release of Fusion 2, Sonardyne’s LBL and INS software package. The latest release includes boosting Fusion 2 to 64-bit capability. The increased program performance this provides has resulted in faster processing and the most stable version of Fusion 2 ever.

GNSS signal loss when operating in built-up inland waterways and near large offshore structures, such as wind turbines, is a problem Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav family will address during its two daily in-water demonstrations at the show. SPRINT-Nav combines DVL, INS, AHRS and depth sensing in one easy to integrate instrument. Sonardyne will show how, with SPRINT-Nav fitted to any inshore, uncrewed or shallow-water DP vessel, independent, high-grade navigation can be continually available.

Staying with challenging operational environments, Sonardyne’s has brought a Mini-Ranger 2-enabled USV to the dockside to highlight the features that make this USBL system a great choice for high elevation underwater tracking, the ultimate test for any underwater positioning system.

Back inside, on stand F300, experts from the company’s Technology Services and Custom Projects groups will be on hand in a dedicated consultation zone, figuring out the subsea engineering challenges visitors are encouraged to present the team with.

Whilst the specific application challenges our clients face vary from renewables to underwater security, the need for marine technology which enables operations to be carried out responsibly, safely and efficiently is common. These needs are front and centre of our technology roadmap. Oceanology represents our first opportunity for what will be several product announcements that we have lined up over the course of this year. After two years of not being able to connect in person, we’re thrilled to welcome our industry back together again face-to-face to experience the latest innovation at Oi 2022.

Steve Martin, Sales Director at Sonardyne


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