Since 2011, CEE HydroSystems has been supplying compact echo sounders for USV deployment; we learned that mobilizing and setting up a USV with its various instruments and telemetry components might represent a significant portion of the total survey duration, and the overwhelming majority of the frustration. By putting all of the constituent parts (bathymetry, GNSS position, data multiplexing, and telemetry) into a single component: the CEESCOPE-USV™, many of the integration problems disappear. Simply turn on the CEESCOPE-USV™ echo sounder and survey data start being recorded; as soon as the CEE LINK™ shore radio module is powered-up and within range, data streams to the shore. Simply connect a data acquisition PC to start collecting data. The CEESCOPE-USV™ critical success factors for USV design and operation include:
Easy to operate.
The USV should be a survey tool and not a science project.
Easy to integrate external GNSS.
The CEESCOPE-USV™ will take in external position data with practically no changes in setup needed.
High quality shallow water bathymetry data – critical for USV operation.
The 200 kHz CEESCOPE-USV™ is able to maintain accurate bottom tracking in <15 cm (6″) water depth.
The CEESCOPE-USV™ uses 1PPS GNSS time tags on all data collected, eliminating detrimental effects from radio transmission.
The CEESCOPE-USV™ design allows a greater safety factor for critical components, such as radio modules.