Sonardyne has released a whitepaper that details key technical and practical considerations when planning operations with USVs (unmanned surface vessels) to collect data from short- and long-term sensors deployed in coastal locations and offshore waters. Sensing and measurement instruments are often deployed on the seabed and in the water column for a variety of marine applications, and the use of USVs for data collection provides significant advantages in terms of safety, speed, cost and logistics compared to traditional methods that use manned vessels or surface buoys.
The whitepaper covers:
- Data requirements – security, volume, frequency of recovery, and time required onsite for retrieval
- Sensor locations – distance from the USV operating base, water depth, and environmental conditions such as noise and wave height
- Selecting your USV – low-power (environmental energy harvesting), high-power (diesel or diesel-electric) or hybrid
- Seafloor instrument selection, including details on Sonardyne’s 6G product platform, which provides reliable and efficient data communications that operate at long range with high output power
- Topside systems that enable communication with seafloor data collection instruments
- Managing data harvesting operations
- Sonardyne’s coastal and offshore data collection and other USV services, including customer case studies
Sonardyne provides a range of sensor hardware, USV platforms and services to support the acquisition and retrieval of data using underwater sensors. To find out more, download the full whitepaper from Sonardyne’s website.