Acoustic signaling is used to communicate navigation intentions and coordinate safe maneuvering between multiple vessels, especially in conditions of limited visibility. Maritime sound is a critical component of safe navigation in both manned and unmanned vessel operations. COMDTINST M16672.2D states “every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.” McQ SonoWatch® addresses this requirement for both manned and unmanned vessels.

  • Main Features
    • Microphone Array
      • Multi-Element Array
      • Noise Reducing Windscreen
      • Corrosion Resistant Construction
      • Vibration Isolation
      • Standardized PoE Interface
    • Array Processor
      • Navigation Signal Classification
      • Signal Bearing Estimation
      • Fundamental Frequency Estimation
      • Signal Intensity Estimation
    • Size/Weight
      • Microphone Array
        • With mounting strut: 12.5”L x 10.3”W x 24.5”H; 8.6 lbs
        • Without mounting strut: 10.3”Diameter x 12.7”Height; 6.6 lbs
      • Array Processor
        • 8.2”L x 5.1”W x 3.5”H; 2.9 lbs
    • Power
      • Power Requirements
        • Typical: 14-30 W
        • Peak: 95W
      • Input Voltage
        • Range: 9-32 VDC
      • Recommended: 13.8 VDC
      • Option: 120 VAC Adapter

Features & Benefits of the SonoWatch®:

McQ SonoWatch® is a standalone product that provides an autonomous lookout capability. It has been designed specifically for the environment and signals required for maritime operation while requiring minimal space and power for deployment. The system’s advanced acoustic processing reduces noise to enable greater operational ranges and the ability to focus on signal sources.

When combined with existing navigation safety aids, McQ SonoWatch® provides the additional acoustic situational awareness to construct a multi-sensory picture of maritime surroundings, allowing mariners and autonomous vessels to safely navigate challenging situations. Similar to the inclusion of safety systems on new automobiles, McQ SonoWatch® is a great acoustic backup for safe navigation.

  • An autonomous acoustic lookout system will provide manned and unmanned vessels with valuable situational awareness
  • Ruggedized mic array designed specifically for the harsh conditions and applications of maritime operations
  • Standardized interface enables straightforward integration of mic array unit with vessel network
  • Modular system architecture enables deployment of multiple arrays (lookouts) for large ships

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