A new wireless subsea modem has been trialed at The Underwater Center, a subsea testing and training facility in Fort William, Scotland. WFS Technologies trialed the Seatooth S100, a mobile, wireless subsea modem suitable for a variety of underwater applications from 100m - 4000m. The modem is designed to provide a reliable digital wireless communication link or logging device up to 5m range, even in challenging deep water conditions.
It is equipped with standard data communication interfaces, making it suited to sensor and underwater vehicle applications. It can be deployed swiftly on temporary or permanent installations to support safety and efficiency in a range of subsea applications including data logging, upgrading subsea equipment and wireless backup.
The key factor in the company’s decision to test the new Seatooth S100 at Fort William was The Underwater Center’s 1.5m liter indoor seawater tank which allowed the WFS team to both observe and monitor its equipment in one location without tidal drift.
Ian Crowther, Executive Vice President of WFS, said: “We are always on the look-out for good quality underwater testing facilities, and have tried various harbors, marinas and even an aquarium. No one else has been able to offer the facilities and professional set-up that The Underwater Center can. The Centre also provides a great chance to get good footage of the test pieces in the water – whether video or stills photography, which is great for showing to our clients.”
(As published in the November/December 2012 edition of Marine Technology Reporter - www.marinetechnologiesnews.com)