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UK-US subsea tools conduct wireless data harvesting

08th January 2013

WFS Technologies and VideoRay demonstrate wireless data harvesting from subsea sensors through integration of underwater modem and ROV

UK-US subsea tools conduct wireless data harvesting
The integration of seatooth S100 and the Pro 4 mini ROV provides wireless data collection from subsea sensors

A UK-US underwater partnership has successfully used a proprietary subsea modem integrated with a mini ROV for the collection of wireless data.

Underwater wireless technology provider WFS Technologies and US underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) producer VideoRay have demonstrated “low cost, low risk” wireless data harvesting from a subsea sensor, WFS Technologies has stated.

WFS and Videoray used a seatooth S100 system integrated with a Pro 4 mini ROV. WFS has previously succeeded in wirelessly harvesting sensor data using larger work class ROVs. The VideoRay integration marks the first time a mini ROV has been used.

With standard interfaces for wireless data communication, seatooth S100 can be “plugged in” to underwater vehicles for temporary or permanent deployment. The Pro 4 mini ROV from VideoRay accommodates lightweight instrumentation and so after a brief set-up, the vehicle can be ready to launch and transmit data up the ROV umbilical, or log up to 8MB of operational data for later review, WFS said.

The integration of seatooth S100 and the Pro 4 mini ROV provides wireless data collection from subsea sensors without we mate connectors, using a small and lightweight ROV; wireless integrity management or data logging of multiple parameters such as pressure, flow and temperature; and remote monitoring of the load, strain and temperature of subsea equipment.

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