From basement beginnings to becoming a leading provider of end-to-end sonar systems, Nova Scotian company, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc. has found the solution to a challenge that many people in the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) community are trying to solve—How can I have a sonar system that’s always cutting-edge?
For centuries, sea mines have presented an affordable and effective option in naval warfare. That remains even truer today. However, what has become more concerning is the relatively recent use by terrorist groups and other non-state actors who have used sea mines—“weapons that wait”—to hazard commercial vessels and disrupt peaceful commerce on the oceans.
Submarine cables are designed and manufactured to withstand extreme forces, both environmental and manmade. As reliable as cable technology has become in recent decades, subsea cables do fail from time to time.
More than 50 percent of our nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) remains unmapped, and experts say new approaches are needed. “Coastal areas may be the easiest to get to, but they are the hardest to survey from large ships that have depth limitations and may be less nimble than smaller craft,” according to Steve Murawski, who heads the Center for Ocean Mapping and Innovative Technologies (COMIT) at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science (USF CMS).
The most recent technical infrastructure added to the COVE offering is Stella Maris, a multi-sensor seabed test platform with the capacity to host 16 marine sensors and devices for ocean technology firms. Designed, built, and deployed in less than a from conception, nearly 30 organizations collaborated on the development of Stella Maris.