19 Agustus 2009

Passive Sonar Locator System

19 Agustus 2009
The SonarBell operates by focusing energy like a lens to amplify sound levels and reflect them to the sender. (Australian Defence)

Sonar Locator System for Defence ?

SALT, with help from Avon Rubber and ARTIS, has launched a revolutionary sonar locator system, the SonarBell.

The SonarBell is a maintenance-free, passive sonar locator system, that operates by focusing energy like a lens to amplify sound levels and reflect them to the sender.

Looking like a bowling ball, it utilises the two materials of its shell and core to create a constructive interference that delivers a higher return signal to the end user.

The device is ‘solid state' with no moving parts or power requirements, and is compatible with existing commercial sonar sets.

The SonarBell has been designed for applications such as installing and locating deepwater pipelines, undersea telephone and internet cables and marking international boundaries quicker and more efficiently - functions that have previously been difficult and costly.

The target market therefore includes industries like oil and gas, telecommunications, defence and environmental organisations.

The system will be pitched to Australian agencies including Defence and there has been interest from both the UK and US in the product so far.

(Australian Defence)

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