Rob Balloch, strategic development director for Sonardyne said; "For a product such as Sentinel, the US Naval Underwater Warfare Centre is the ultimate test bed. Exceeding the US Navy's requirements for diver detection is the finest accolade. Testing doesn't get any tougher than that. We believe that we can now offer Sentinel with confidence that it will meet the expectations of anyone needing a high performance underwater intruder detection system at a realistic price. This could be for naval, commercial or private vessels, offshore and coastal installations or for complete harbours. Intruder detection on land and above the water has already reached a high level of sophistication. By effectively monitoring the underwater domain, Sentinel can now close the gap that currently persists in so many security perimeters."
Sentinel is a third generation sonar system designed specifically for underwater security. Compact and easily deployed, the Sentinel head is only 30cm in diameter, 40cm high and weighs less than 65lb. The 360 deg sonar can operate as a stand-alone portable system or has been designed to allow multiple heads to be networked together to provide a wide area domain awareness.
The new system features an advanced automatic target detection, classification and tracking capability that removes the need for continuous manual operation. Threat warnings can be communicated by the system's command and control facility, distributed to a third party integrated system or distributed over an Ethernet to a host command and control centre anywhere in the world. Because of its low weight, compact size and system simplicity, it was demonstrated that it can be deployed and become operational within an hour of arriving on site. This ease of set-up and configuration has been a key factor in the several successful demonstrations performed to-date.
The first operational deployments of Sentinel are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2008. Sonardyne now believes that the Sentinel specification is the first cost-effective solution that meets the growing need for underwater security in terms of size, performance and cost.
Based in Yateley, UK, Sonardyne International was founded in 1972 and has become a world leader in acoustic navigation, positioning and communication technology with many years experience of supplying advanced technology to the offshore and oceanographic and defence industries.