Delta Wave’s High Tech Hat Trick
In October, Morgan City-based and ABS certified mobile satellite service provider and marine electronics service company Delta Wave Communications added three new offerings to its already wide menu of products. Delta Wave has been named an MDL distribution partner for the Fanbeam Laser DP reference system and MDL’s Dynascan 3D mobile mapping system. Separately, a new agreement with KVH Industries introduces new, cutting edge VSAT and Broadband solutions to the Delta Wave stable.
Fanbeam Laser DP reference system
Used primarily as a dynamic positioning (DP) reference sensor, the system measures the position of an Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) relative to an offshore structure such as a platform. Using the position data from the Fanbeam and other sensors, the DP system automatically holds the vessel on station allowing safe and precise operations to take place. For example, the system is typically used as the primary position reference during critical short-range operations such as cargo container lifts, as well as for seismic source positioning relative to geophysical exploration vessels and for positioning mine detection equipment relative to navy vessels.
The system is comprised of a laser sensor with a unique vertically “fanned” output beam allowing returns to be observed from passive retro-reflective targets despite relative movement experienced on any offshore vessel. Mounted on a motorized base allowing for horizontal rotation in both directions or continuously 360 degrees in one direction, the laser can also be tilted in the vertical plane using the built-in Autotilt mechanism, which allows the laser to view targets at different heights to the Fanbeam.
3D Mobile Mapping System
The Dynascan 3D mobile mapping system from MDL is ideal for the challenging situations presented in coastal and waterway applications. The unique design of the systems enables simple interchangeability between vessel and land based platforms, allowing the user to plan survey works around tidal changes. The Dynascan is an ideal solution if you need to combine above water survey data with bathymetry surveys for a complete above and below waterline data set. The system is particularly useful for updating electronic navigation charts and monitoring coastal erosion. It enables scanning to be carried out where rocky outcrops, reefs, cliffs or lack of landing facilities would previously have made surveys impossible.
Delta Wave is an authorized service center for the devices, and also offer 24/7 field support in support of MDL products.
VSAT, Broadband, Direct Billing and more …
Separately, and also in October, Delta Wave Communications also announced a wholesale distribution agreement with KVH Industries, Inc., offering their V3 (the world’s smallest maritime VSAT terminal, V7, the newly released V7IP and V11 broadband solutions, as well as direct billing and support capabilities. Offering seamless coverage to most areas of the world utilizing a .6m dish, the V7IP offers an extended elevation range, and is lighter than its predecessor. The reliable equipment offers seamless broadband coverage without the need to change equipment or utilize the services of an on board technician when traversing ocean regions. Similarly, the new, unprecedented V11 solution is contained in a 1.1m dish which offers dual Ku and C band service.
The V11 offers seamless global coverage at a significant cost savings over existing technologies. About 85% smaller than typical C-band units, allowing for installations on smaller vessels than C-band implementations previously allowed, the dish offers blockage mitigation via multiple satellites, in an always on, fully redundant system impervious to weather conditions. Both are fully integrated with the Commbox solution, which allows for greater network management. It also facilitates remote access for fleet wide management and configuration, enabling a true extension of the corporate network.
(As published in the November 2012 edition of Marine News - www.marinelink.com)