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Sonardyne Scout USBL

Available for rental/hire from Ashtead Technology - the Sonardyne Scout USBL.

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Scout USBL is a complete vessel based acoustic positioning system designed for tracking divers, ROVs and towfish in waters up to 1,000 metres. The system calculates the position of a subsea target by measuring the range (distance) and bearing (heading) from a vessel mounted transceiver to a small acoustic transponder fitted to the target; a technique known as Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) positioning. USBL is widely used by the offshore survey and ocean scientific industries as it offers high accuracy performance combined with efficient subsea tracking operations.

Three versions of Scout USBL are available: Scout, Scout Plus and Scout Pro.

Scout and Scout Plus are entry level systems designed for general target tracking applications at ranges up to 500 metres. Scout can track one surface vessel and four subsea targets whilst Scout Plus can track six targets and incorporates a Responder mode. This enables the system to calculate a target’s position at a much higher update rate, ideal for fast moving vehicles such as ROVs and towfish.

With both versions, all sensors and hardware are provided whilst the software is simple to learn and intuitive to use. These features make Scout and Scout Plus the ideal solution for users with little or no prior experience of acoustic systems.

  • Affordable and high accuracy tracking system for divers, ROV and towfish
  • Easy to install and use; no prior USBL experience required
  • Supports simple through to complex subsea positioning operations
  • Up to 1,000 metres slant range
  • All sensors, software and hardware provided
  • Portable; can be operated from almost any size boat including RIBs
  • Equipment upgrade path to Sonardyne’s deep water USBL system – Ranger