The Subsea Internet of Things

Imagine a swimmer listening to music streamed from a waterproof smartphone that is also being used to their monitor heart rate, temperature, stress or location. At the end of the swim, the user can see a log of the number of strokes, speed, acceleration and depth. This is possible for the first time, thanks to Edinburgh-based underwater electronics company WFS Technologies opening up its wireless communications technology to the commercial marketplace. WFS Technologies, UK, has established itself in Seatooth technology, a through-water wireless communications system. Up until now, this has been mostly used in the offshore and defence sectors. Seatooth... (read more)
2016-06-03 09:59:52

Making Security Sweeping Faster

Applied Signal Technology has chosen the MacArtney A/S Focus-2 ROTV as platform for the fastest, most accurate towed SAS (synthetic aperture sonar) system yet - the Prosas Surveyor. This towed sonar system combines the superior flight characteristics and data output capacities of the Focus 2 ROTV with the high resolution wide sweep qualities and output processing of AST's SAS sonar system.   Traditionally, SAS sonar systems have been mounted on AUVs, but these vehicles have their limitations. Current and tide can render AUV positioning inaccurate, require high levels of power from AUV motors, and cannot be accessed real time. Sweep... (read more)
2008-10-06 03:39:40

Port Security Tour

VideoRay and BlueView Technologies are teaming up for a Summer 2009 United States Port Security Tour. They present hands-on demonstrations of next generation underwater port security imaging and inspection systems and solutions at US Ports and Inland Facilites across the country between July and September 2009, throughout the US.     Port environments across the country play host to a number of challenging underwater conditions and situations. Low visibilty, high current or flow, emergency situations, and constant threats. Applications such as diver interdiction and tracking, berth and hull IED detection, harbour bottom inspection, search & recovery, and infastructure inspection can... (read more)
2009-06-29 09:08:26

Integrated Marine Security System

Atlas Elektronik UK has recently held demonstrations at its Dorset test facility of its Integrated Maritime Security product. Attendees included international officials, company global agents, key UK and MOD staff as well as customers from the UK and overseas. Atlas Elektronik UK’s Integrated Security System showcased the wide areas FORCIS passive trip-wire array, the Plextek 'Blighter' solid-state Doppler radar, and local company Vector Developments' family of high-quality maritime CCTV systems. The result was a security capability demonstration against air, surface and underwater targets. This was the first time that a seabed fibre-optic passive sensor system has been combined with diver... (read more)
2012-05-30 10:24:40

Dam Security System

L3 Klein's HarborGuard Radar System has been selected as a key security component for a critical Western US dam. The L3 Klein HarborGuard will include a Klein's Small Target Detection Radar that will provide continuous coverage for dams and lakes and monitor all surface targets, with special attention focused on the security zones protecting critical structures. The L3 Klein HarborGuard system will provide immediate alerts as well as updated threat positions to a central Security Management System. Radar coverage of dams and critical lakes poses a unique challenge because of the dramatic changes in water levels. In some dams water... (read more)
2011-01-11 03:26:10

Sonardyne Demonstrates Security

Sonardyne International Ltd provided an in-water demonstration of its new Sentinel underwater intruder detection sonar to a specialised audience in Plymouth (UK), in early October 2007. The demonstration achieved added significance through being held on the same day that anti-nuclear campaigners exposed the vulnerability of on-shore and floating assets by swimming into the UK's nuclear submarine base on the Clyde.   During the demonstration, Sonardyne showed how the new Sentinel Intruder Detection Sonar (IDS) is able to counter the threat of underwater attacks on ships, harbours, coastal industrial installations and offshore oil platforms.   The Sentinel system was deployed on... (read more)
2007-10-11 09:03:08

Conference on Waterside Security

Protecting large ports, coastal urban centres, critical infrastructure and industry located along the water has become one of the greater security challenges. Waterside security includes measures taken to counter maritime terrorists, pirates, smuggling, and human trafficking. The 2nd International Waterside Security Conference (WSS2010), taking place from 3rd to 5th November gathers over one hundred experts from all over the world at the Carrara Congressi in three parallel sessions. The delegates are researchers and security providers, military and civilian, who will present and discuss new technologies and how to transition them into operations.The Conference is hosted by NURC, La Spezia and... (read more)
2010-11-01 10:38:34

Working Towards Autonomous Harbour Security

There is cross-fertilisation between equipment used for security in the domain below the water surface and hydrographic and oceanographic equipment and requirements. We are seeing increasingly more traditional military technologies being adapted for use in the homeland security market. This article shows this relation by the use of sonar technology for security systems and the development of unmanned surface vehicles able to carry a variety of equipment and thereby also suitable for hydrographic-related tasks.<P> Any tool or service bought for secur­ity purposes is largely an insurance policy – in ordinary use it does not contribute to either profitability or operational... (read more)
2007-10-27 12:00:00

Canada Invests in Maritime Security

Mr. Ed Fast, Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, has announced significant investments in Canada's aerospace and defence sector by confirming CAD200 million in funding for the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative (SADI) and announcing a repayable investment of CAD1.8 million in research and development being undertaken by AXYS Technologies.   The AXYS Technologies' Port Waterside - Communications and Networked Data Unification project will work to collaborate data from various monitoring and surveillance sources to provide comprehensive real-time information. This technology will help defence and security organizations, port operators and other... (read more)
2009-09-14 12:14:57

Fiobuoy Underwater Mooring Security System

A novel underwater mooring security system with applications within the coastal monitoring, marine survey, ocean research, defence, aquaculture, water production, port & harbour and offshore energy markets is available. The Australian sourced Fiobuoy system is the world’s first submersible marine marker buoy and retrieval system. The device has won technology awards on the way to becoming a firm favourite with several prestigious organisations including the US Navy.   Although initially designed with the aquaculture market in mind, Fiobuoy first found favour within the defence market where it was quickly identified as having enormous potential in enabling sensitive equipment to be... (read more)
2008-08-20 09:21:45
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