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4 novembre 2015 3 04 /11 /novembre /2015 17:20
KATFISH (Kraken Active Tow FISH) sonar system

KATFISH (Kraken Active Tow FISH) sonar system

 

ST. JOHN'S, NL--(Marketwired - November 02, 2015) - Kraken Sonar Inc.

 

Kraken Sonar Inc. ("Kraken") (TSX VENTURE: PNG) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has received a $1.5 million contract from a major international defence contractor for a KATFISH sonar system. Along with spare parts and support, the initial order could exceed $2 million. Due to the sensitivity of its business, the client's name cannot be disclosed.

The agreement includes multiple stages, starting with a first phase for the manufacture and supply of Kraken's KATFISH system. The customer will make an advance payment on the contract in 2015. Approximately 75% of the contract revenue is expected be realized in 2016. Subject to contract options, the next phases will position Kraken as a primary sonar supplier to the Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) market.

Karl Kenny, President and CEO of Kraken said, "This is a very significant award for us and demonstrates that KATFISH is a key objective in delivering on our "sensors-to-systems" strategy. This contract further establishes Kraken's underwater technologies in the Unmanned Maritime Systems industry and positions us for future contracts on UMS platforms."

 

KRAKEN'S KATFISH SURPASSES CONVENTIONAL SONAR SYSTEMS

Kraken's KATFISH is an actively controlled, intelligent towfish platform used to generate real-time, ultra-high resolution seabed imagery and maps for a variety of military and commercial applications. The system's primary sensors are based on Kraken's Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar technology, real-time Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) processing algorithms and acoustic velocity sensors.

Conventional side scan systems are limited in that they only provide high resolution imagery at short range. KATFISH produces ultra-high resolution seabed imagery with constant resolution to very long range. The additional information provided by the KATFISH system delivers a detection and classification capability that cannot be achieved with a conventional sidescan sonar. The entire system is designed to be quickly installed and removed from craft of opportunity platforms and is packaged for easy transportation.

Kraken's sonar and underwater systems are targeted to the rapidly growing Unmanned Maritime Systems drone market which is primarily comprised of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs).

 

KRAKEN'S KATFISH ADDRESSES A NAVAL WARFARE INFLECTION

The future of naval warfare continues to evolve toward smaller vessels, littoral operations and underwater intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Advanced sonar technologies, such as the SAS produced by Kraken, have matured to support solutions that can economically survey and detect small objects hidden on the seabed and can enter into confined spaces where underwater explosives are likely to be hidden.

The underwater defence market is evolving rapidly; responding to changing threats, tensions in the Middle East and Asia, economic and budgetary pressures and a growing eagerness by modern navies and developing countries alike to procure and deploy ocean drones such as UUVs and USVs.

UUVs are a proven technology that have been used for many years, mostly for mine countermeasures, oceanographic research and oil & gas surveys. In contrast, USVs, the naval equivalent of unmanned aerial vehicles (air drones) have not been widely used. While the technology for USVs is in its infancy compared with the aerial drones, this situation is about to significantly change.

Unmanned vessels, like unmanned aerial vehicles, provide military forces with reach and capability without the risk of manned systems. They keep the dull, dirty and dangerous jobs away from human personnel.

USV technology is maturing rapidly, and a number of USVs are market-ready, signaling a coming sea change in the makeup of the overall Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) market.

Industry analysts Market Info Group LLC estimate that the global Unmanned Maritime Systems market will reach US$11 Billion (cumulative) by 2020.

To view "Unmanned Maritime Systems Market Growth": http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/UnmannedMaritimeSystemsMarketGrowth.jpg

ABOUT KRAKEN SONAR INC.

Kraken Sonar Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PNG) is an industrial technology company, founded in 2012, that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) sensors and systems. The Company's products are sold to leading defence contractors, commercial survey companies and research institutions for producing real-time, ultra high resolution imagery and bathymetry of the seabed. For more information, please visit www.krakensonar.com.

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Artist rendition of ECA Robotics (ECA Group) A18D AUV shown fitted with Kraken’s AquaPix® Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar

Artist rendition of ECA Robotics (ECA Group) A18D AUV shown fitted with Kraken’s AquaPix® Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar

 

ST. JOHN'S, NL--(Marketwired - August 11, 2015) - Kraken Sonar Inc.

 

Kraken Sonar Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PNG) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract valued at over US$325,000 by ECA Robotics (ECA Group -- France). Kraken will supply and help integrate its AquaPix® Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Embedded Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on ECA Robotics' (ECA Group) newest A18D Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) (http://www.ecagroup.com/en/solutions/a18d).

"AquaPix® is a game changer for seabed survey," said Kraken President and Chief Executive Officer Karl Kenny. "We are delighted with this contract award by ECA Robotics (ECA Group). Demand for our AquaPix® sonar by some of the most influential companies in the unmanned maritime vehicle industry continues to validate the technology and open new market opportunities."

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ABOUT AquaPix®

Kraken's AquaPix® is an industry leading sonar system providing military grade technology that provides superior 3D seabed imaging, faster data processing and a lower cost than conventional sonars.  AquaPix® is designed for operation on AUVs, manned and unmanned surface vessels and towed bodies. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal processing software optimized for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraints of unmanned maritime vehicles.

AquaPix® generates highly accurate bathymetry data (25cm along-track x 25cm across-track x 5cm height) co-registered and geo-referenced to the same pixel grid co-ordinates as the imagery. Operators can produce crisp seabed imagery and detailed 3D digital terrain maps of seafloor topography that exceed IHO SP-44 survey standards. The capability of generating centimeter-scale resolution in all three spatial domains also provides significant performance improvements in the detection, classification and identification of small seabed objects.

Conventional side scan systems are limited in that they only provide high-resolution imagery at short ranges. AquaPix® produces ultra high resolution seabed imagery (3cm along-track x 1.5cm across-track) with constant resolution to full range and high signal to noise ratio. The additional information provided by AquaPix® delivers detection and identification capabilities that cannot be achieved with conventional sidescan sonar. AquaPix® also achieves an area coverage rate that is significantly higher than that of the sidescan in a like for like comparison.

 

ABOUT ECA ROBOTICS

ECA Robotics (ECA Group) has a full range of AUVs (http://www.ecagroup.com/en/find-your-eca-solutions/auv). They all share the same IT architecture, autonomous software and supervision interface. The new A18 range represents ECA Robotics (ECA Group)'s new mid-range AUVs. They can be deployed from smaller vessels, using a variety of launching and recovery systems also offered by ECA Robotics (ECA Group)'s. Depending on system configurations, the price of A18 AUVs ranges from EUR1.5 million to EUR5 million.

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles are ideal sonar platforms and provide an extremely stable platform for acoustic and optical imaging in a variety of water depths. The A18D robot is able to travel underwater for more than 24 hours and up to 3,000 metres in depth. Equipped with next-generation sensors such as Kraken's AquaPix® and with the latest software technology in terms of missions, the robot is ideal for hydrographic surveys, oceanographic research, exploitation of seabed resources and search and rescue operations.

 

ABOUT KRAKEN SONAR INC.

Kraken Sonar Inc. (TSX VENTURE: PNG) is an industrial technology company, founded in 2012, that is dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) technology. The Company's products have been sold to leading defence contractors, commercial survey companies and research institutions for producing real-time, ultra high resolution imagery and bathymetry of the seabed. Marine Technology Reporter has three times named Kraken to their MTR100 -- a list of the 100 most influential companies in the international marine technology marketplace. For more information, please visit www.krakensonar.com.

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