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JUL 2013

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merce and security and will integrate real-time navigation information, cargo tracking and the operation of waterway sensors. The WW will enable the development and use of specialized applications to improve navigation and information exchange, increase security and productivity, realize functional interoperability between public safety systems and organizations by enhancing real-time situational awareness and improve the collection of data by environmental agencies. The WW network will provide the platform to improve the effciency of waterway transportation, enabling regions like Pittsburgh to stay competitive in the global market. The Port of Pittsburgh's Wireless Waterways Project, which includes the nation's frst ever maritime-focused Interoperability Test Bed (ITB) and a pilot for a proposed national broadband network system, was launched in 2012 through grants from Pennsylvania's Allegheny County, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Port of Pittsburgh Commission. The ITB should attract maritime research and development investments and is expected to provide a research edge for water-related companies in the region. The Port of Pittsburgh Commission is working with Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh-based Water Economy Network to advance the economic development potential of the project. Conxx Inc. (Cumberland, Maryland) constructed the network, which will be available on cell phones, iPads and other wireless devices. To date, the technology has been installed on CONSOL Energy's MV Safety Pledge, vessels owned by Campbell Transportation Co. Inc. (Houston, Pennsylvania) and the Gateway Clipper Fleet (Pittsburgh). The MV Safety Pledge is also testing the WW Broadband Network for quality-of-life initiatives to support a follow-on application submitted earlier this month for a U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant to extend the WW project nationwide. Christened in May, the Safety Pledge will be a testbed for riverbed sounding technology, a 3D camera/ software technology and GPS tracking technology. ROTV Prepared Quickly for Fugro Client Needs in North Sea At the beginning of the 2013 pipeline inspection season, client requirements led to Fugro Survey Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) needing to move fast to acquire a new remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV). Fugro then placed an order with MacArtney (Esbjerg, Denmark) for the FOCUS-2 vehicle, which needed to undergo a range of preparations and modifcations. Since FOCUS-2 systems operated by Fugro are ftted with EdgeTech (West Wareham, Massachusetts) 2200M integrated side scan sonar systems operating at 300 and 600 kilohertz, the involvement of EdgeTech sonar technicians was required as well. In just three weeks, a fully equipped and operational FOCUS-2 system was ready for Fugro for acoustic pipeline inspection services in the North Sea. In addition to side scan sonar, FOCUS-2 can carry a broad range of sensor packages and underwater equipment, including multibeam sonar, sub-bottom profler, fber-optic gyro, magnetometer, sound velocity sensor, motion reference unit and INS. n 58 st / July 2013

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