The integrated marine acoustic controller System

Edward Thurman, James Riordan, Daniel Toal

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This paper describes the integrated marine acoustic controller system (IMACS), a system that provides automated concurrent operation of multiple sonar integrated onto a single survey platform. The system avoids issues of sensor crosstalk by scheduling the transmit-receive cycles through an environmentally adaptive approach in a noninterfering fashion. By dynamically adapting the triggering of the payload sensors, the system optimises the execution of the seabed mapping survey and improves the quality of resulting data, thereby significantly increasing survey productivity. The system's features, design and implementation are presented, as well as a discussion and initial analysis of the first at-sea trials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2009, Europe : Bremen, Germany, 11-14 May 2009
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781424425228
Publication statusPublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventOCEANS 2009-EUROPE (OCEANS) - Bremen, Germany
Duration: 11 May 200914 May 2009




  • Control systems
  • Acoustic sensors
  • Crosstalk
  • Automatic Control
  • Sea Floor
  • Sensor Systems
  • Sensor Phenomena and Characterization
  • Synthetic Aperture Sonar
  • Mobile Robots
  • Robot Sensing Systems


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