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WASSP Generation 3 Multibeam Technology Ushers In The Future Of Seafloor Mapping

Furuno and Electronic Navigation Ltd. (ENL) are proud to introduce the WASSP (Wide Angle Sonar Seafloor Profiler) Generation 3 multibeam CHIRP Sonar, a groundbreaking new system that allows you to simultaneously view and record bathymetry and seafloor hardness, find fish targets, and utilize true multibeam sonar technology to discover wrecks and structures, faster than ever before.

Camas, WA, December 12, 2018 - There is fantastic news on the horizon for savvy sport fishing skippers, commercial fishermen, and research vessels that require an affordable and modern solution for gathering detailed information about the environment beneath the waves. WASSP Generation 3 delivers a real-time, 3D view of the underwater world at very high resolution in a versatile and cost-effective package.

WASSP Generation 3 gives you the ability to see more, catch more, discover more, and map more, with more confidence than ever before. This next generation multibeam sounder has been redesigned from the ground up around a new fully digital DRX transceiver. It delivers on every front - accurate, versatile, user-friendly and most importantly, scalable to your exact needs.

Fishermen will find the F3 package to be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to finding their catch of the day. Scanning a complete 120 degrees swath port to starboard using 224 beams, WASSP F3 delivers each and every time with its Wideband CHIRP technology. By using advanced signal processing, you get a complete picture of seafloor bathymetry with ease. The F3 introduces a new simplified WASSP CDX for control, visualization, and data management, while still providing a comprehensive set of functions to meet the most demanding of fishing requirements. The system is fully digital, and operates in the popular 136-184kHz (F3) or 68-92kHz (F3X-L) range of frequencies.

Survey, dredging and scientific research vessels will find the WASSP S3 package to be invaluable, as the new system has been developed to bring the benefits of multibeam sonar to their work. WASSP S3 is ideally suited to dredgers and hydrographic surveyors who currently use single beam Sonars, but don't have enough projects to warrant the use of a more costly multibeam system. This more affordable WASSP solution provides operators the ability to carry out their own surveys without the more expensive cost of out sourcing to a third party survey firm to undertake these projects, while still obtaining the accurate and reliable information they need.

WASSP S3's practical design and intuitive ease of use require minimal installation or operational training. In the case of users such as wind farm operators or port authorities, WASSP S3 can be permanently fitted to their workboat, and is able to perform on-site when required, saving time and money.

Available as an option for both the F3 and S3 WASSP systems, the new high precision motion sensor WSP002-INU brings a compact and complete solution for stabilization, particularly useful for survey and dredge operations where high-precision mapping is the goal. The combination of Hemisphere's compact Satellite Compass and Advanced Navigation's Spatial Inertial Navigation Unit, or INU, provide precise pitch, roll, heave and yaw information, allowing smaller vessels that are more susceptible to these forces to fully compensate for these effects.

WASSP is compatible with mapping software available from a variety of sources. When combined with their optional WASSP module, TZ Professional series mapping software from Nobeltec offers a comprehensive PC program set for commercial fishermen. In addition to TZ Professional, many fishermen have preferred to use Olex for mapping bathymetric contours, and we are pleased to announce a renewed connection between WASSP and this widely accepted bathymetry recording software. Compatible with the popular Hypack & QINSY software, WASSP Generation 3 will soon be IHO Order 1A Compliant, and is set to be one of the lowest cost systems to meet this requirement by far. Finally, WASSP's own software program, called Navigator, is available for license. Navigator is ideal for tracking the movement of sediment plumes from a dredge or monitoring schools of fish, both of which can be viewed in 3D from any angle throughout the survey area. Images in Navigator can instantly be rotated at different viewing angles, giving you a great deal of information without the need for data processing in the field.

Its low weight, compact style, and minimal power requirements make WASSP Generation 3 an ideal system for small boats. Its compact transducer is easily adaptable to suit over-the-side pole mounting. With 224 detection points per ping, WASSP Generation 3 returns significantly higher definition information for pin-point accurate location of obstructions, undersea structures and seafloor mapping - all in real time.

To learn more about WASSP Generation 3, or the complete line of Furuno marine electronics, see your local Furuno dealer or contact: Furuno U.S.A., 4400 N.W. Pacific Rim Blvd., Camas, WA 98607. Phone: (360) 834-9300.