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Forward Looking Sonar Can Improve Collision Avoidance

Marine Electronics and Communications

A new style of 3D sensor hopes to do for sonar technology what radar and GPS has done for surface navigation

Many different types of marine sonar are in use today. Some use one narrow, downward-looking beam, such as depth sounders and fish finders. Others only see a narrow slice of water. Examples of such 2D systems include sidescan sonar and small craft navigational sonars. Effective obstacle detection and avoidance, however, requires continuously updated range, bearing, and depth information on all of the underwater hazards in front of a ship.

Under Management

Superyacht Business



By Phil Draper

FarSounder's forward-looking sonar system has a great deal to offer the big-yacht sector. Its 3D images of what lie directly ahead of a vessel not only helps avert potentially disastrous collisions with underwater objects - such as uncharted reefs and rocks, partially submerged containers, or perhaps the odd basking whale - but it can also make a valuable contribution to onboard security. The system is particularly useful for more adventurous cruising schedules that take in waters where charting surveys are poor - the sort of locations that attract expedition and explorer-style yachts.

Sonar Enters the Third Dimension

The Christian Science Monitor


Stephen Humphries

An anonymous garage in an industrial sector of Warwick isn't the most obvious place to test a revolutionary piece of sonar technology. Yet the inside of this storage facility has been turned into a makeshift laboratory by two scientists who spend more time in face masks and wet suits than the traditional goggles and white coats...


Massachusetts Technology Collaborative

FarSounder CEO and MOTN President Vows Support to Mass Technology Council Grant

Continuing to strengthen the Commonwealth’s marine science & technology sector in southeastern Massachusetts, the John Adams Innovation Institute is making critical investments to support research and commercialization of new technologies.

As the economic development arm of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Innovation Institute is working with UMass Dartmouth’s SouthCoast Development Partnership (SCDP) to expand the Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN), an industry association for southern New England.

ResidenSea Taps FarSounder Tech to Enhance Safety

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

The on-going technology collaboration between Materials Systems Inc. (MSI) and FarSounder Inc. continues to generate new customer orders for the FS-3 Forward-Looking Obstacle Avoidance System. Each FS-3 system delivered by FarSounder has incorporated a curved, custom-designed MSI broadband transmitter and multi-element receive array to provide 3-D obstacle avoidance and shallow water navigation capabilities for ferries, cruise ships, and yachts.

New Sonar Technology Adds a New Dimension to Navigating Passenger Vessels

Foghorn magazine

Foghorn Focus: Electronics & Navigation

Due to the recent publicity regarding San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority's(WTA) incorporation of a three dimensional (3-D) obstacle avoidance sonar system on board the two ferries under construction at Nichols Brother's Shipyard, perhaps the time is right for a deeper look at 3-D sonar and its potential benefits to the passenger vessel industry.

The Green Bottom Line

Ms. Magazine

How environmentally conscious, women-run companies do good and do well

The trade-off between social good, the environment and profits isn't really a tradeoff anymore-it's an excuse. Just ask Sonja Ebron,CEO of blackEnergy in Atlanta.

FarSounder In the News For Joint Kvichak & Nichols Brothers Project

Robinson Newspapers

Ballard firm to build ferries

Ballard's Kvichak Marine and Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island have joined forces to build two149-passenger ferries that will be 85 percent cleaner than the 2007 Environmental Protection Agency regulations require.

The first of the two boats, destined for the San Francisco Bay Area, will be completed this summer, with each boat taking seven months to build at a cost of $8 million each.

Captain's Table

WorkBoat Magazine

Deadline extended for right whale rulemaking

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has extended the comment period on the proposed speed limits and other measures for passenger vessels and others that operate near endangered North Atlantic right whales. The comment period was to have closed on Aug. 25.