Coda Octopus Group, Inc. an internationally renowned company specializing in real-time subsea intelligence and real-time 3D sonar technology, has launched its fourth-generation range of sonars called the Echoscope4G series.
The Coda Octopus Real Time 3D sonar is patented and is the first-ever real-time 3D sonar to be commercially available on the market. It exclusively allows real-time mapping, vision, and measurement in zero or low visibility underwater environments. Coda Octopus’ next-generation launch (4G) is known industry-wide to have the most sophisticated sonar products for a variety of applications. It marks a new, scalable, and proprietary innovation for Coda Octopus that has been at the forefront of the field for 25 years.
The patented Echoscope4G series features the latest Echoscope4G® C500, the replacement high-performance Echoscope4G®, and the new Echoscope4G® C500 Surface. The Echoscope4G series has been developed for almost plug-and-play ease of use and includes a considerably lighter and smaller form factor that needs minimum power when compared to the Echoscope 3G product range—all without affecting real-time 3D image and mapping capability, fidelity, or performance.
The Echoscope4G® C500 and the Echoscope4G® designed for deep water solutions are available in depth ratings ranging from 250 m to 4000 m. Both these real-time 3D volumetric sonars offer vivid and high-definition imagery of the underwater conditions for applications spanning from large-scale offshore projects to inland waterway work. The sonars are appropriate for all installation platforms such as remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), unmanned surface vehicles (USV), and surface vessels.
CODA’s sonars—the Echoscope4G C500 Surface and the earlier launched Echoscope4G Surface —are designed for shallow water operations and come with a depth rating of a 20 m. The relatively smaller and lighter product housing of these models make them perfect for unmanned surface vehicles (USV) and autonomous surface vehicles (ASV). The Echoscope4G® C500 Surface is the lightest and smallest in the series, measuring just 9.1 X 11.8 X 5.8” and weighing merely 9.4 kg in air. The special capability of the sonars to create 3D images in real time around intricate structures makes it possible to perform asset integrity mapping and inshore security inspection, and even undertake search and rescue operations in a fast and effective way.
This launch completes the hardware revisions of all the sonars within our fourth generation (4G) range. Our newly launched 4G series of sonars are all smaller, lighter and require less power and include three new products, in addition to the Echoscope4G® Surface which was launched in January 2018. We are particularly excited about the new Echoscope4G® C500 Surface which is our smallest, lightest and most competitively priced sonar yet, and which is targeted to the burgeoning autonomous surface vehicle and unmanned surface vehicle market. This is a rapidly emerging market, similar to the drone market, and the most promising area for short-term growth where there is an increased demand for sensors capable of generating real-time 3D data in challenging water conditions. Our 4G range now paves the way for many new applications due to its reduced form factor, power requirements and pricing. We are excited to bring this to market, especially for underwater vehicle manufacturers who would want to integrate this revolutionary class-leading sonar with their product offering. With the 4G hardware revisions completed, our focus is now on finalizing our smart algorithms, which will improve significantly the performance of our class-leading sonars, and our new top-end software which will allow many new capabilities, such as multiple sonar devices.
Annmarie Gayle, Chairman and CEO, CODA Octopus Group