The iWand is a hand held acoustic transponder test and configuration device developed for use with Sonardyne’s 6G product range.

Being small, rugged and splash proof means the iWand is ideal for setting up equipment in the workshop, on the back deck of a ship, or on ROVs and subsea structures before they are deployed. The simple to use interface and sunlight readable display makes it easy to test, gather and download configurations.

Communication to a transponder is via the acoustic ‘Wand’ which is held against the transponders acoustic transducer. This tests the acoustic transmission and reception functions of the transponder ensuring they are operating correctly.

The iWand is used in conjunction with the 6G configuration software running on a standard PC. It enables all 6G (excluding WSM6, which can only be acoustically tested) transponders to be easily configured. The configuration of the various transponders can then be exported to a document as an audit trail, or to a file that can be imported into Sonardyne positioning system navigation software.

The iWand has various PC connection options; Bluetooth, USB or Serial. The USB is used to recharge the internal battery.

The internal GPS receiver provides UTC time tagging of communication to transponders and PC and can also be used to synchronise multiple transponders to UTC for logging applications.