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Sonardyne Scout USBL System

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Sonardyne Scout USBL System
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Description

Scout USBL is a complete vessel based acoustic positioning system designed for  tracking divers, ROVs and towfish in waters up to 1,000 metres. The system calculates  the position of a subsea target by measuring the range (distance) and bearing  (heading) from a vessel mounted transceiver to a small acoustic transponder fitted to the target; a technique known as Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) positioning. USBL  is widely used by the offshore survey and ocean scientific industries as it offers high  accuracy performance combined with efficient subsea tracking operations.

One of the main advantages of the USBL technique is that no other in-water acoustic  equipment has to be deployed before underwater operations can commence. Only  the targets being tracked need to be equipped with a transponder.

With Scout, a boat can arrive on location and begin tracking straight away. This has  particular benefits for search and salvage applications when search times are critical.

The Scout and Scout Plus systems both have an operating range of 500 metres. The Scout system is able to track 1 surface and 4 subsea targets while the Scout Plus system is able to track 1 surface and 6 subsea targets.

Key Features

Affordable and high accuracy tracking system for divers, ROV and towfish.

Easy to install and use; no prior USBL experience required.

Supports simple through the complex subsea positioning operations.

Up to 1000 metres slant range.

All sensors, software and hardware provided.

Portable; can be operated from almost any size boat including RIBs.

Equipment upgrade path to Sonardyne's deep water USBL system Ranger.