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As with many technical products, understanding the differences between navigation sonar products sold by different vendors can be confusing. Much of the technical product literature can be confusing with different companies assigning different meanings to similar terms. At trade shows, we are often asked "What's the difference between Company X's product and yours?" or "Which is a better? FarSounder's sonars or Company B's sonars?". We don't like to presume we know every detail about every sonar on the market. Rather, we believe that once a customer understands which metrics they should be considering they can easily choose the best "look ahead sonar" for them. For our customers' class of ships, we're confident that they will choose a FarSounder. In this blog posting, we'll take a look at what we feel are the most important metrics you should use to compare forward looking sonars: Coverage Zone and Update Rate.
As more and more yachts choose expedition style itineraries, the risk of collision with poorly charted obstacles or wrongly placed obstacles (due to GPS malfunctions) increases significantly. Groundings with large underwater structures such as rocks, reefs, sandbanks and shoals are unfortunately significant risks for the adventurer. Having a navigation sonar installed which is capable of detecting such hazards at long range is important in these scenarios. More importantly, the detection range of the installed sonar should be suitable for the vessel. In this blog posting, we discuss how to calculate a suitable detection range for your ship's obstacle avoidance sonar.
Coming this fall, FarSounder will be releasing its next generation of navigation sonar technology. We're really excited about the capabilities we are about to unlock and want to share some of the excitement with this early sneak preview. A few of the new features we're going to release include:
Longer detection ranges
In-water target tracking for improved image stability
Chart overlay of sonar targets
FarSounder has recently sold an FS-SPS Ship Protection System to a European customer. For this yacht customer, FarSounder will be providing navigation while underway, diver detection while at anchor, and outputting information into a 3rd party command and control security platform.
Navigation in and around ice is a very important topic for vessels destined for the arctic or antarctic waters. The rise of adventure cruising, scientific expeditions, and commercial shipping through these areas is keeping the topic in the forefront of many conversations. Ship operators in these areas are interested not only in detecting and avoiding icebergs but in some cases also knowing how close they can get to ice that is clearly visible above the water. Navigation in such areas is clearly reliant on seaman experience. Since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, engineers around the world have been working on ways to detect icebergs using various sonar technologies. In this blog post, we summarize how FarSounder's 3D sonars can be used to navigate in sea ice conditions and how our obstacle avoidance sonars can be installed on ice classed vessels.
For an end user new to FarSounder sonars, the idea of retrofitting a sonar into an existing hull can seem daunting. However, once the details are examined, the process is relatively straight forward. Approximately 50% of our customer installations are refits to older hulls. Even some of the New Builds that have our sonars have approached integration of our systems as a "refit" when our products have been added to the ship's specifications late in the build process. When beginning to consider one of our 3-dimensional forward looking navigation or diver detection sonar systems, potential customers are often concerned with the installation design process and any potential hydrodynamic impact on the hull. These are important questions to which we believe there are some simple answers. The purpose of this blog posting is to explain the basics of refitting a vessel for our 3-dimensional forward looking navigation and diver detection sonar systems.