Kraken Sonar Named to MTR 100

ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – AUGUST 19, 2013— Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. a leading marine technology company, announced today that it has been named to the 2013 Marine Technology Reporter (MTR) Top 100 list.  Kraken was one of thirteen Canadian companies listed and the only firm selected from Newfoundland and Labrador. Marine Technology Reporter is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine to cover the marine technology market. Each year the magazine evaluates and ranks marine technology companies worldwide to create the MTR 100 list. In the July/August 2013 issue ofMarine Technology Reporter, Kraken and the other MTR 100 firms are profiled as the leading companies serving today’s global marine technology industry. The 2013 MTR 100 issue is available online at: “We’re honoured to be named to the MTR 100,” said Karl Kenny, President and CEO of Kraken. “We have an outstanding team of hard-working people who are totally committed to delivering innovative…

AquaPix – A Low-Cost Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar for AUVs:Sea Trials and Results

David Shea, Peter Crocker, Jeremy Dillon, Sean Chapman   Kraken Sonar Systems 50 Harbour Dr, St. John’s, NL, A1C 6J4, Canada Abstract— Kraken Sonar Systems Ltd, based in St. John’s, Canada, produces an Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (InSAS) system, suitable for integration on a wide range of AUVs and towed platforms. In 2012, Kraken entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, Rhode Island. This paper seeks to present a background of Kraken’s InSAS technology, and detail the results of the CRADA. The primary focus of the paper (and the CRADA) is the integration and testing of an AquaPix InSAS on NUWC’s medium-sized 12.75” diameter REMUS600 AUV, manufactured by Hydroid. Kraken designed a payload section for the R600, and assisted NUWC operators with integration onto the AUV. After a very short integration, the resulting integrated SAS-AUV was able to produce ultra-high resolution…

Seeing With Sound: Why Sonar Resolution Matters For Seabed Mapping

By: Dr. Jeremy Dillon, Senior Sonar Scientist, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. Seabed mapping is a key activity for many underwater applications such as offshore oil and gas exploration, pipeline surveying, ocean science, mine warfare, and hydrography. For each application, an increasing demand for high-resolution imagery arises from our desire to literally see beneath the ocean surface into a medium where light and radio signals cannot propagate effectively. Historically, side-scan sonars have been used to make reflectivity images whereas multibeam echo sounders have been the tool of choice for creating bathymetric charts. As technology evolves, many sensors integrate the capability to perform imaging and topographic mapping simultaneously. However, each design involves trade-offs between resolution, maximum range, size, power consumption, and cost that must be balanced to select the best sensor for a particular application. The resolution of a sonar image is the size of the smallest object that can be detected. Minimizing…

Kraken Announces DataPod™

Removable Data Storage Module for Subsea Marine Applications ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND – AUGUST 01, 2013 – Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. today announced DataPod™– a removable data storage module for subsea marine applications.  The rugged unit combines the ease of use of Network Attached Storage with the reliability of a RAID array and solid state storage all in one compact unit. Many of today’s Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) are intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms and as such gather an enormous amount of streaming data from an array of sensors. In underwater environments, acoustic communications for telemetry have limited bandwidth, so the desire to capture and store large amounts of data for post-mission analysis always exists. As a result, most solutions require easily removable and transportable storage devices. This ensures data can be readily delivered to the operator for post-mission review, enables users to reload and re-launch the AUV platform with new…

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