VideoRay LLC announced today that Tritech International has produced the SeaSprite scanning sonar as a new accessory for the VideoRay ROV. The world’s smallest sonar, the SeaSprite weighs just 5 ounces in water and is ideal for small ROVs and AUVs in military and covert uses. By equipping the VideoRay with the SeaSprite sonar, obstacles can be located, identified, and measured in low visibility environments.
The SeaSprite simply plugs into any VideoRay Pro II and features an extremely fast scan rate to match VideoRay’s high maneuverability. No calibration is needed. When plugged into a Pro II, the SeaSprite can be used in low visibility conditions and without any other gear in the water. The SeaSprite can reference navigate along a vessel hull, pier, or other object and “see” objects on the sonar display long before they can be seen by video or a diver’s eyes.
The SeaSprite includes electronics and software features often included in full sized commercial systems, such as true acoustic zoom, instant scan reversal and sector scan options, inverted mode operation, and a hard boot protection for the transducer. The sonar is controlled through a laptop computer or PDA, which is connected to the VideoRay control box.
Richard Marsh, managing director of Tritech, says, “We were delighted when VideoRay presented us with the challenge of producing the world’s smallest and most cost-effective sonar. Just like the VideoRay vehicle, SeaSprite has a better performance than many products twice its size and cost. We believe we have mutually set new standards in compact subsea technology.”
Scott Bentley, president of VideoRay, added, “We have already delivered SeaSprite sonars—one to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s department in Minnesota and another to the U. S. Coast Guard – and proven the effectiveness of the technology. St. Louis County successfully used the SeaSprite in a body search and recovery operation.”
Located in Aberdeen, UK, Tritech is an industry leader in sensors and tools for ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles) and AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles). Tritech develops products for sub-sea imaging and measuring systems with both acoustic and video sensors, and state of the art mechanical and electrical products.