Sonardyne International Ltd has successfully completed negotiations to add the Sentinel diver detection sonar to the US General Services Administration (GSA) catalogue. From September 10th 2008 the complete Sentinel system including associated software and deployment options became available under GSA contract Number GS-07F-0531U.
This is the first time that Sonardyne has been added to the GSA and follows recent contracts, trials and the successful acceptance of the Sentinel system by the US Navy. GSA assists with procurement work for government agencies and as part of this effort it maintains the large GSA Schedule, which other agencies can use to buy goods and services. The Schedule is essentially hundreds of pre-negotiated contracts that enables procurement managers from government agencies to view these agreements and make purchases from it knowing that all legal obligations, have been taken care of by GSA.
Eric Levitt, business development manager for Sonardyne International Ltd said: "We are particularly proud of this achievement, it reflects an intensive 12 months of development, integration and co-operation with our US customers. It gives other potential federal customers the confidence and knowledge that they are selecting best value, best support and a proven platform already in use by other federal agencies."
The Sentinel system is an innovative approach to the defence of strategic assets from underwater intrusion, sabotage, smuggling and attack. This includes any installation with a waterside perimeter, offshore energy infrastructure, ports and harbours, shipping and personal protection. Designed to operate within demanding environmental standards, the Sentinel sonar is a compact, lightweight, simple to operate platform that can be installed autonomously or integrated into a wider command and control system to provide total domain awareness.