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VIPER Aid to Acoustic Positioning

Applied Acoustics Easytrak Portable acoustic navigation system can undertake a wide range of tracking and positioning tasks for seabed mapping, towfish tracking and controlling robotic vehicles. It is also used to locate subsea divers, so is critical to the safety of personnel. To deal with difficult operating environment, a robust single board computer is required.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Eurotech
    Eurotech is a global company focusing on embedded computers and pervasive computing, which combines three key factors: the miniaturisation of computers capable of processing information; their spread in the real world - in buildings and machinery, on board vehicles, on persons and in the environment; and their ability to network and communicate. Year founded: 1992 Revenue: $69 million (2014) BIT: ETH
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Transportation
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Logistics & Warehousing
  • CUSTOMER
  • Applied Acoustics is a leading manufacturer of undersea positioning, tracking and sub-bottom profiling equipment. These systems are used in a wide variety of subsea commercial, military and environmental projects.

  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • Other frequency
  • SOLUTION
  • The Eurotech VIPER is an ultra low power fanless single board computer. The board runs on Windows CE software and communicates with the DSP to interpret target positioning and displays results on the 640 x 480 resolution LCD TFT Display. Solution Assessment - Type: IT - Maturity: High (technology has been on the market for >5 years) Hardware Components - VIPER single board computer - Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Board - LCD TFT Display

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Acoustic Positioning, Asset Location, Asset Status Tracking, Employee Location, Equipment Status
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Efficiency Improvement - R&D]
    Ongoing application development and improvements are relatively quick and inexpensive to implement due to the system's flexibility.
    Impact #2
    [Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
    The location of individuals and assets can be identified in near real-time.
    Impact #3
    [Data Management - Data Accuracy]
    for greater positioning accuracy. Greater positioning accuracy is enabled through the ports on the Easytrak console which allows it to interface with gyros and vertical reference units (VRUs)
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    The system has a wide operating temperature, from -20 degree Celsius to 70 degree Celsius.

  • USE CASES
  • Fleet Management
    Fleet management is an administrative approach that allows companies to organize and coordinate work vehicles to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and provide compliance with government regulations. While most commonly used for vehicle tracking, fleet management includes other use cases such as mechanical diagnostics and driver behavior. Automated fleet management solutionsto connect vehicles and monitor driver activities, allowing managers to gain insight into fleet performance and driver behavior. This enables managers to know where vehicles and drivers are at all times, identify potential problems and mitigate risks before they become larger issues that can jeopardize client satisfaction, impact driver safety, or increase costs.
  • HARDWARE
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