New standard for ocean exploration equipment “Bristlemouth” unveiled
Ocean sensors company Sofar Ocean Technologies today introduced a new marine equipment standard that aims to facilitate the collection of ocean data.
The “BristlemouthWas unveiled during the OCEANS 2021 conference in San Diego, California. Until there CEO Tim janssen joined officials of the United States Agency for Defense Advanced Research Projects (DARPA), the Naval Research Office (ONR) and maritime defense organization Oceankind to unveil the new technology and its ocean detection capabilities.
Its potential applications range from climate science research and extreme weather forecasting to commercial sectors, including offshore renewables and insurance.
According to Mike Wardlaw, program manager at Office of Naval Research:
“While terrestrial and spatial big data has grown rapidly through standardized methods, economies of scale and distributed sensor networks, the ocean remains largely unmapped and unexplored, due to a lack of detection strategies. evolutionary oceanic. We believe Bristlemouth addresses this gap and will increase the levels of data coming from the oceans, which in turn will accelerate the growth of marine technologies and applications, thus strengthening an ecosystem of innovation and cross-sector collaboration.
Traditionally, ocean discovery platforms and sensors have required custom components and protocols, making integration efforts expensive and difficult, and ultimately creating a barrier to innovation.
Solar claims that Bristlemouth’s compact, ocean-resistant design operates at full ocean depth for long-duration deployments and delivers hundreds of watts and up to hundreds of megabits per second of data, providing critical information on unexplored depths of the oceans.
DARPA, ONR and Oceankind are funding Bristlemouth to support more accessible environmental monitoring and ultimately leverage the open source platform in existing projects to help solve the huge challenges facing the ocean.
(Featured image credit: Ted Gosling / One Communications)