Alpha, the new star tracker debuts at Seawork
Applied Acoustics’ new USBL underwater tracking system is making its first appearance at Seawork in June. Called the Easytrak Alpha, it is the introductory and most compact of their range of subsea tracking systems.
Ideally suited for small ROV operations or basic diver tracking, Alpha is a condensed and cost-effective system for monitoring close range subsea targets.
The Alpha system is centred on a desktop command console connected to the submerged transducer and to the host PC via a USB port. With its own internal GPS receiver, Alpha calculates the target’s position as well as its range and bearing. With the ability to offer hemispherical tracking, Alpha is ideal for shallow water applications from small work boats in coastal waters, estuaries and lakes. A fully portable version with integral computer and display will also be available by the summer of this year.
Alpha joins other Easytrak systems in a range of subsea tracking units from Applied Acoustics that offer true flexibility in operation, including a rack-mounted and spread spectrum model. The addition of a wide range of transponders for positioning and release completes the versatility of the USBL systems on offer.
Many Applied Acoustics’ tracking systems are in use across the globe by commercial marine survey companies, oceanographic institutions and defence industries, all supported by a network of overseas agents.