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Transponder test and configuration unit

Engineered for: Vessel

iWand is a rugged, handheld unit that's used to acoustically test, configure and download settings from 6G transponders on the back deck and in the workshop. It's frequently used when deploying arrays of Compatt 6 transponders.

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Engineered for the workshop or out on the back deck

Works with all 6G transponders

Use it to acoustically test, configure and save settings for QC

Splash-proof, rugged and portable design

Speeds up pre-deployment checks - allows batch settings to be uploaded

Get, set, deploy on the backdeck

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iWand is our small, splashproof acoustic transponder test and configuration device. Use it with your 6G acoustic subsea hardware to set up transponders quickly and efficiently – whether you’re in the workshop getting ready for your next mobilisation or out on the back deck and just about to deploy.

iWand is used in conjunction with 6G configuration software running on your survey room or workshop 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 packages like Fusion 2.

The simple to use interface and sunlight readable display makes it easy to test, gather and download configurations in all eathers, day or night.

Communication to a transponder is via the acoustic ‘wand’ antenna which is held against the transponder’s acoustic transducer. This tests the acoustic transmission and reception functions of the transponder ensuring they are operating correctly – a key performance indicator.

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.


Feature Type 8315
Operating Frequency LMF (14–19 kHz), MF (20–34 kHz), HMF (34–40 kHz)
Transducer Beam Shape (Wand) Directional
Case Rugged polypropylene copolymer case with styrenic over mould shock protection
Keypad Sealed 5 key navigation pad
Display 320 x 240 sunlight readable LED display
Connections USB
Charging USB to PC or USB to wall adaptor
Internal Flash Memory 1 GB
Battery Li-ion 3.7 V 1,300 mAh (typical)
Battery Life Normal (Screen On) >5 hours (screen automatically turns off after a selectable period)
Idle (Screen Off) >12 hours (press a key or ‘shake to wake’ to turn screen back on)
Off for Shipping >3 months (press a key to wake)
Operating Temperature -10 to 55°C
Storage Temperature -10 to 55°C
Dimensions (Length x Width x Depth) 276 x 84 x 40 mm
Weight 0.8 kg

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