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Modem 6 (Surface)

Surface deployed underwater acoustic modem

Engineered for: USV, Vessel

Modem 6 acoustic modems are a family of cost-effective solutions for simple point-to-point data transfer from a wide range of sensors including, data loggers, ADCPs, CTDs and other subsea instruments.


At a glance

Transfers data at up to 9,000 bps

Highly reliably; built around our Wideband 2 acoustic and 6G hardware platform

Options for buoys, uncrewed surface vehicles and ships

High security wireless data transfer

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Which Modem 6 (Subsea) is right for your operations?

Transceiver

Offers ultimate performance with excellent vessel noise rejection and the highest data rates. Can be upgraded to Ranger 2 USBL transceiver.

Dunker

Available in MF and LMF, omni and directional, rugged easy-to-mount instrument designed for excellent horizontal and shallow water communication.

Mini-Dunker

Highly portable solution that's perfect for small vessel. Rugged design offers protection from knocks during deployment and recovery.

Overview

Built around our field-proven 6G hardware and Wideband 2 acoustic signal platforms, Modem 6 surface units support secure subsea-to-surface wireless data transfer at speeds between 200 and 9,000 bps.

This makes them ideal for applications such as; near real time data streaming, data harvesting from third party sensors or subsea command and control of equipment.

Modem 6 acoustic modems are aimed at simple data transfer applications which do not require the more complex functions such as integrated (USBL) positioning, on-board sensors or complex multi-node array telemetry. If you need any of these capabilities, or an OEM solution which you can integrated into your own instrument or vehicle, our application experts will be happy to discuss your requirements and identify the right solution for you.

We offer a variety of surface deployed acoustic Modem 6 to suit any operational deployment scenario and data transfer mission.  You can mount them on a variety of surface platforms ranging from buoys to all sizes of vessels – both manned and uncrewed – to interact with any of our subsea deployed Modem 6 instruments.

Modem 6 Transceiver
Manufactured in Aluminium Bronze, Modem 6 Transceiver it is intended to be fitted temporarily or permanently to a vessel’s through-hull or over-the-side pole or mounted in a dunker cage assembly. The unit uses the same array as our HPT 5000/7000 transceiver so can be upgraded in the field to offer this capability if integrated communications and target tracking is required.  As standard, the unit is supplied with Surface Interface Unit (SIU), deck cable, 100 m cable drum and a dunker cage which allows deployment over the side in the absence of a through-hull deployment pole.

Modem 6 Dunker
Modem 6 Dunker is a popular option for low-logistic data recovery missions using survey vessels-of-opportunity. Depth rated to 1,000 m, it can also be fitted to ROVs for close range data transfer from seafloor sensors. It’s available in MF and LMF, with omni-directional or directional transducer designed for excellent horizontal and shallow water communication. Modem 6 Dunker is powered using a supplied Surface Interface Unit (SIU).  

Modem 6 Mini Dunker
Modem 6 Mini-Dunker is our smallest topside option. It is compact, easy-to-mount and suitable for transmission and recover of data from a wide range of sensors including: current profilers, temperatures, depth and custom instrumentation. The Modem 6 Mini-Dunker is available in MF with an omnidirectional transducer designed for excellent horizontal and shallow water communication. The surface system comprises of a Modem 6 Mini-Dunker, Surface Interface Unit (SIU) and 20 m deck cable.

All of our family of underwater Modem 6 instruments benefit from same mechanics and electronics you’ll find in our other 6G transponders. These are trusted by leading offshore operators to perform in the most demanding marine environments and operational scenarios.

Resources

Feature Type 8244-3151 Type 8244-3155 Type 8307-1351 Type 8307-1353 Type 8307-1355 Type 8307-1356 Type 8182-0001 Type 8193-0012
Depth Rating 3,000 m 3,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m 1,000 m Up to 7,000 m (operating range) Up to 12,000 m (operating range)
Operating Frequency MF (21–32.5 kHz) LMF (14–19 kHz) MF (21–32.5 kHz) MF (21–32.5 kHz) LMF (14–19 kHz) LMF (14–19 kHz) MF (21–32.5 kHz) LMF (14–19 kHz)
Beam Shape Omni-directional Directional Omni-directional Directional Omni-directional Directional Omni-Directional Directional
Transmit Source Level (dB re 1 µPa @ 1 m) 181-187 dB 187-190 dB 187–196 dB (4 levels) 190–202 dB (4 levels) 187–196 dB (4 levels) 187–202 dB (4 levels) 200 dB 200 dB
Power Supply Lithium-ion or external 24 V Lithium-ion or external 24 V Lithium-ion or external 24 V Lithium-ion or external 24 V Lithium-ion or external 24 V Lithium-ion or external 24 V External Supply External Supply
Battery Life 30 Days 30 Days 3 Days 3 Days 3 Days 3 Days N/A N/A
Operating Temperature -5 to 40°C -5 to 40°C -5 to 40°C -5 to 40°C -5 to 40°C -5 to 40°C -5 to 40°C -5 to 40°C
Storage Temperature -20 to 55°C -20 to 55°C -20 to 55°C -20 to 55°C -20 to 55°C -20 to 55°C -20 to 55°C -20 to 55°C
Dimensions (Length x Diameter) 518 x 94 mm 604 x 94 mm 692 x 200 mm 660 x 200 mm 586 x 200 mm 641 x 230 mm 370 x 225 mm 439 x 310 mm
Weight in Air/ Water 5.1/ 2.2 kg 7.0/ 3.5 kg 24/ 16 kg 26/ 17 kg 20/ 14 kg 28/ 17 kg 28/ 15 kg 41/ 20 kg

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