Transas Integration of FarSounder Navigation Sonars

  • Posted on: 5 November 2014
  • By: Matthew Zimmerman
FarSounder sonar data integrated into the Transas bridge
FarSounder sonar data integrated into a Transas bridge unit on display at SMM.
Transas and FarSounder continue to innovate
Transas and FarSounder continue to innovate
Chart overlay of FarSounder FLS data inside the Navi-Sailor 5000 MDF
Chart overlay of FarSounder FLS data inside the Navi-Sailor 4000 MFD

Last fall, we announced that Transas would be integrating FarSounder navigation sonars into their Navi-Sailor 4000 MFD Series ECDIS/ECS products. Since that time, the FarSounder and Transas teams have been hard at work making the integration seamless and elegant. The launch of the first vessel with the new integration and demonstrations (including FarSounder sonar data) of the Transas bridge systems at SMM, MYS and Ft. Lauderdale have created a lot of interest in our integrated systems. We'd like to share some of the details about how the two systems have been integrated together.

The basic organization of the integration is simple. The FarSounder sonar hardware connects to the standard FarSounder software running as a stand alone server. FarSounder's server software accepts connections from other clients via a standard ethernet connection. The Transas software development team used FarSounder's Software Developer Kit to implement a sonar client inside the Navi-Sailor 4000 MFD software. The Transas system serves as the primary interface to the FarSounder sonar and includes various sonar displays as well as control capabilities. Generally, the display of the FarSounder server is connected to one of the bridge console displays via a KVM switch or video matrix. However, this display is only needed for installation and maintenance.

The Transas system includes the following FarSounder forward looking sonar display capabilities:

  • Chart Overlay inside the main ECDIS/ECS display
  • 3D Sonar Display inside the primary conning display
  • 3D sonar data inside their Augmented Reality Display

Over the years, we've found our 3D FLS products installed side by side with Transas bridge systems. Finally, these two systems can be integrated together. Contact us to find out how to add FarSounder integrated Transas systems to your bridge or how to integrate existing side by side systems.