Echosounders for Autonomous Platforms

BioSonics echosounders are available in low power, modular form factors, ideal for integration with many ASV and AUV platforms. From small remote control data collection boats to fully autonomous long mission AUV’s, BioSonics offers solutions to support these exciting new survey methods.

MX Aquatic Habitat Echosounder for Autonomous Platforms

MX autonomous echosounder architecture is low power, modular and easily integrated with a variety of autonomous vehicle platforms and on-board processors. Data collection and real-time analysis software allows simultaneous acquisition of submerged aquatic vegetation, substrate, and bathymetry data. When shoreside communications are available, via WiFi, cell modem or satellite link, preliminary results and raw data can be transmitted directly to users. Visual Habitat post processing software is used to create intuitive maps of aquatic vegetation, substrate type and bathymetry.

  • Map submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV)
  • Map eelgrass and other habitat areas
  • Monitor invasive aquatic weeds
  • Delineate areas of sand, mud, rock
  • Generate contour profiles
  • Shallow water mapping
BioSonics Visual Habitat for Bathymetry
MX OEM Aquatic Habitat Echosounder for USV

DT-X Extreme Scientific Echosounder for Autonomous Platforms

The DT-X Extreme is a fully autonomous system, ideal for ASV and AUV surveys, surface buoys and other unmanned deployments. The DT-X Extreme produces accurate, high resolution water column data and results for fisheries management and research, to study communities of biological organisms and physical elements of marine and freshwater ecosystems, including fish schools and individuals, plankton, nekton, mammals, birds, debris, oil droplets, gas bubbles and more. DT-X Extreme autonomous architecture is low power, modular and easily integrated onto a variety of autonomous vehicle platforms. Choose from a variety of split beam or single beam configurations and frequencies: 38,70,120, 200, 420 kHz.

The DT-X Extreme can operate independently, with an internal Linux computer running data collection software and logging up to a month of data with no connection to an external computer, or data can be acquired and stored on vehicle’s onboard processor. When shoreside communications are available, via Wi-Fi, cell modem, or satellite link, preliminary results and raw data can be transmitted directly to users. Survey design can be modified automatically or remotely by users based on real time detections.  BioSonics or third-party post processing software is available to analyze data and produce results for a many types of survey applications

 

Survey Applications

  • Fish Stock Assessment
  • Population Estimates
  • Size Distribution
  • Total Biomass Estimates
  • Vertical and Horizontal Distribution
  • Behavioral Studies
  • Plankton Biomass / Vertical Migration
  • Predator / Prey Relationships
  • Fish Schools, Individual Fish (all size classes), Plankton, Marine Mammals
  • Physical Oceanographic Measurements; Boundary, Mixing and Coherent Structure Detection

BioSonics echosounder technology is easily integrated with Maritime Robotics Otter and Mariner USVs to conduct fully autonomous, unamnned habitat and fisheries surveys.

BioSonics echosounder technology integrated with the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider improves efficiencies and reduces the overall cost of collecting fisheries assessment data over vast distances and extended timeframes.

DT-X SUB integrated with Remus AUV

BioSonics echosounder technology is easily integrated with a variety of AUV platforms, enabling unlimited deep-sea exploration opportunities to bring the sensor closer to the targets of interest.

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