About FarSounder

FarSounder products keep you and your vessel safe. We came together in 2001 because we believed that there should be a simple tool that could show you where on the water it is safe to navigate.

Since then, our sonar systems have been used around the world, and our philosophy hasn’t changed - your vessel is more than just a way to get from A to B. It empowers you to enjoy the things that you are passionate about, to explore new places, and to share that thrill of exploration with the ones you love. And it’s because of you and that sense of adventure, that we care so much about what we do. Wherever you decide to travel, FarSounder will help get you there safely.

We are now the globally recognized experts in 3D FLS technology. By reducing the likelihood of collisions and underwater security threats, our sonar systems help prevent costly damages to property, the environment, and marine and human lives alike. In addition to navigation and obstacle avoidance, our work has expanded into such areas as shipboard and portside security, marine mammal protection, fisheries and ocean sustainability, and real time surveying.

From our early development years and our first international innovation award in 2005, to our more recent internationally recognized U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Tibbetts Award for Innovation and Commercialization, we continue to innovate and bring new products to the marine industry.

TIMELINE OF IMPORTANT MILESTONES IN OUR COMPANY'S GROWTH

2001

FarSounder, Inc. incorporated

2002

Research conducted with National Marine Fisheries

2002

Proof of concept systems tested

2004

Product Launch: FarSounder FS-3 Navigation & Obstacle Avoidance System (Max Range – 330 m)

2004

FarSounder’s first installation on a cruise ship

2005

Product Launch: FarSounder FS-3DT Navigation & Obstacle Avoidance System (Max Range – 440 m)

2005

Winner of the International Superyacht Technology and Innovation Award (ISTIA) - Nice, France

2005

SBIR awarded by US DHS for Low Cost Underwater Threat Detection System

2005

FarSounder’s first US DOD R&D Project

2006

FarSounder’s first installation on a new build yacht

2006

US Patents issued (patent 7,035,166; 3D Forward Looking Sonar with Fixed Frame of Reference and patent 7,123,546; Processing Technique for Forward Looking Sonar)

2007

FarSounder Mobile Test Laboratory commissioned

2007

NIST Advanced Technology Program (ATP) Grant awarded for Long Range/High Speed Navigation Sonar

2007

First integration of the FarSounder Sonar Systems into a third party navigation bridge - (Sperry VisionMaster)

2007

US Patent issued (patent 7,173,879; High Resolution Obstacle Avoidance and Bottom Mapping Array Processing Technique)

2008

US Patent issued (patent 7,355,924; 3-D Forward Looking Sonar with Fixed Frame of Reference for Navigation)

2009

Product Launch: FarSounder FS-3ER (Max Range - 800m) 3D Forward Looking Sonar: operational to 25 knot vessel speed

2009

FarSounder’s first fisheries research contract

2011

Product Launch: FarSounder Ship Protection System (FS-SPS)

2011

FarSounder chosen by Department of Homeland Security to join Dawnbreaker Commercialization Program

2012

Product Launch: FarSounder-500 and FarSounder-1000

2013

FarSounder moves to new Global Headquarters and R&D Facility

2013

FarSounder and Transas Group announce a partnership to integrate FarSounder's navigation sonar systems into the Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 Multifunction Display series

2015

FarSounder Opens New Acoustic Test Tank Facility

2015

FarSounder Receives Tibbett Award for Innovative and Outstanding Contribution to SBIR Program

2015

FarSounder 3D sonars integrated into Wärtsilä SAM Electronics NACOS Platinum

2015

Release of SonaSoft™ version 3.2, with advanced processing and display capabilities