Upgrade for inshore data collection

The MiniBAT towbody. The MiniBAT towbody.
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Hampshire UK based OSIL is offering a new upgrade to its MiniBAT underwater towbody system by fitting a custom built splash-proof housing for the electronic controls.

This will now provide a fully wet-mateable system, with all controls in a single, rugged, corrosion proof suitcase. OSIL is also able to provide the same housing for any ancillary systems the MiniBAT has, such as underwater video or water quality sensors.

The OSIL MiniBAT is an extremely lightweight, remotely controlled towed instrumentation platform designed for use with a wide variety of data collection instruments. It provides an extremely flexible profiling system for use in estuaries, lakes, rivers, and coastal areas, and is easily deployed by one person from virtually any size of vessel.

The MiniBAT is software controlled and can be set to undulate over a desired depth range, maintain a constant depth, and can even be programmed to follow the seabed, with the MiniBAT automatically altering its depth. With an operational depth of 60m and profiling speed of up to 10 knots, the MiniBAT enables users to collect large spatial datasets quickly and efficiently, saving both time and money. The software allows continuous measurement and real time display of the data, transmitted with water quality data from other sensors.

Increasing focus on efficiency and emergency response has lead to a greater demand for real-time monitoring of environmental factors such as waves currents and tides. Tighter controls on pollution have placed higher demand on the quantity and quality of analyses of water and sediment, and many of these data can now be provided in real-time. Real-time marine measurements can be made available, securely, via the internet, GSM network or radio transmission. OSIL has been involved in supplying a wide range of monitoring and measurement systems for ports and harbours throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

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