Valeport showcases the latest sensor and software updates at Oceanology International 2018
Valeport is using OI18 to launch and highlight a number of exciting new developments across its range. The renowned leader in oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation is excited to present both new and improved technologies.
Launching at OI is a new unique probe, SWiFTplus, that combines the power of the SWiFT SVP and a turbidity sensor. SWiFTplus uses Valeport’s world leading high accuracy sensor technology and incorporates turbidity observations with sound speed, temperature and pressure sensor technology coupled with the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity and rechargeable batteries.
Using the new Valeport Connect app, data can be quickly downloaded and reviewed wirelessly via Bluetooth, and instantly shared in industry standard formats through email and cloud services. In addition to the directly measured observations, Valeport’s proprietary DASH algorithm calculates conductivity, salinity and density.
Valeport’s new turbidity sensor addition is essentially two sensors in one. The first is a “classic” turbidity sensor (nephelometry using a 90˚ beam angle) for low turbidity levels (0–2000 NTU) and the second uses an OBS optical backscatter arrangement (~120˚ beam angle for optical backscatter) at high turbidity levels (>20,000 NTU). Intelligent sampling eliminates the need to gain switch at higher turbidity levels.
The handheld profiler has been designed from the outset with the intention of a seamless workflow and is intended for coastal, harbour and inland environmental and hydrographic survey use and offers the highest quality sound velocity profiles in a compact, robust and portable package with the addition of a turbidity sensor.
A new portable survey solution for the monitoring of tide, met and other sensors will be unveiled at OI by Valeport. Housed in a large rugged ABS case, the TideStation (Portable) offers a choice of either UHF or GPRS telemetry, with connection to Pressure or Radar sensors along with interface to other meteorological systems. Data is recorded locally and broadcast to base stations as required.
TideStation is a self-contained tidal observation solution which optimises performance of instrumentation. Valeport specifically designed it as a low-cost turn-key solution, TideStation is suited to a broad range of sectors including port and harbour operations, surveying, dredging and many other applications.
The latest software from Valeport for use on iOS and Windows will be showcased on the stand. Valeport Connect will support automatic connection with Valeport’s SWiFTplus and rapidPRO Bluetooth enabled products. Valeport Connect offers download capability with data translation and, once downloaded, allows both current and historic data to be visualised. Multiple profiles can be compared in graph view, while graphs can be further shared via email or cloud services.
Valeport will also be keen to take feedback from OI visitors on their new concept, EnviroLOG, a field logging device that provides command and control of sensors, data display, data logging and battery power in a small robust package. Designed for Valeport’s Hyperion range of Fluorometer sensors: Chlorophyll a, Fluorescein, Rhodamine, Phycocyanin and Turbidity, the standalone environmental hub provides all that you require for survey operation and allows up to three devices to be interfaced to EnviroLOG.
rapidPRO SV and rapidPRO CTD
Valeport will be showing at OI prior to their release a number of key revisions to the probe series that allows data profiling whilst a vessel is underaway. Valeport will introduce rapidPro SV and rapidPro CTD – the latest evolutions of these popular profilers – which include: a rechargeable battery to deliver extended deployment times; the inclusion of GPS to offer the benefits of geo-location of files; and dual Bluetooth to provide enhanced communications for easy data download and allowing a surveyor to conduct SV profiles on command.
Kevin Edwards, Valeport Head of Sales, commented: “Oceanology International is a great platform to introduce our new products and showcase concept products prior to their general release. We’ll be actively seeking visitors views, feedback and comments so that we can hone the new releases and continue to innovate and lead the way in supporting the hydrographic and oceanographic survey sector.“