Sea Technology

MAR 2018

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Page 18 of 45 March 2018 | ST 17 The iXblue family of acoustic transponders welcomes a new member in the shape of the Canopus beacon, which takes the range to new peaks of performance and ease of use and opens up a vast fields of new applications in the area of subsea positioning. New features include inter-beacon and inter-product acoustic communication, a series of internal environment sensors (P, T, SV, attitude…) with the possibility of long-term recording, the capacity to be interfaced with an external sensor, a very significant increase in battery life, which is even longer if Sparse Array mode is used, the unified iXblue user interface with WiFi, and many more features to be implemented over the months to come thanks to a modern, scalable electronic platform common to various iXblue products. To get the most out of Canopus, the other components of the positioning system are also being upgraded. The new generation of Ramses built on this architecture benefits from the latest developments iXblue is working on, and offers the inter-product acoustic communication capabilities, the environment sensors which may be necessary, and the entire range of new features developed for Canopus (iXblue WiFi user interface, recording, power management…). A complete and flexible LBL solution also makes its appearance, enhancing the Sparse Array mode which was already made very popular by the previous version of Ramses. Gaps USBL system itself has benefited from the telemetry functionality since the release of its latest software pack (#8). A positioning system becomes increasingly complex to manage as the number of products of which it is made up grows. Determined to make its products easier to implement and to offer customers a genuine system- based approach, iXblue had to provide an answer to this key user requirement and offer a tool which is truly fit for purpose. The result is the Supervision software suite, built up of different operational modules, accompanied by a set of tools which provide the operator with assistance throughout the project lifetime. Since its creation, iXblue has always put forward different approaches to address subsea positioning issues, combining innovative concepts, proprietary technologies and solutions that aim to make its products easier to use, affording substantial savings. A full range of recognized products is now available offering the iXblue «touch»: performance, unique features, unrivaled ease of implementation, perfect cross- integration, and compatibility with third-party products. Take, for example, Gaps, the first USBL to incorporate an INS, which gives it unique features and characteristics, or Ramses and its Sparse Array/SLAM operating mode, or iXblue's comprehensive range of Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) navigation systems. Some of these products have indeed become industry standards. In order to enhance its offer and provide a more global response to the requirements of its customers, iXblue needed to take things a step further with its acoustic offer and to add a system layer to ease the management of all products deployed for a given application. This is how a new global subsea positioning system was developed. CANOPUS Taking LBL to the next generation Sponsored by iXblue CANOPUS RAMSES SUPERVISION SOFTWARE

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