Think Sensor Research Inc, specializes in industrial sonar systems, system solutions and navigation solutions for underwater mapping and structure mapping for the energy and transportation markets. Our company has over 100 years of combined sonar design experience. We are currently looking at possibly launching products into this ROV market at the $1000 to $2000 level. We are looking at possibly doing an initial run of 100 units, but we would need some market feedback and suggestions.on the following:
The first product would be a general sonar block with electronics and a single sided transducer all in one that could be used as a side scan unit or sector scan unit if mounted on a rotator. The communications protocol API would be open and allow anybody to write software or interface to it, no proprietary interfaces. These blocks could also be used in pairs providing side scan coverage to both sides of the ROV.
Communications, we are looking at RS232, RS485 and/or Ethernet, what would be the most useful?
Frequency vs range, there is a general trade off between range and frequency (resolution). The frequencies that we are currently considering are 300 kHz, about 200 meter range and 450 kHz around 100 meter range. Other frequencies are also possible. What frequencies would the market like?
We are also considering an interferometric system that could produce bathymetry (for simple acoustic geometry) and image at the same time. Would there be an interest in this from the ROV community.
What depth rating would be useful?
What type of underwater connector?
We already have a basic sonar block which is a simplified version based on our multi channel industrial systems. We really feel that their is a real lack of a good sonar product with near industrial performance in this market and with an open interface specification.
We are planning testing on this new simple sonar block product over the next month.
What would you like to see example images of?
We are based around Vancouver, Canada so there are lots of good interesting targets around in the ocean around the city.
There are a couple of product market launch options that we are looking at. One of which could be be an indigo or kickstarter campaign for this product, what would you like to see before making a purchase? We would be aiming for a fall delivery of 2017.
Pavel Haintz, M.Eng,
Think Sensor Research Inc.