London, March 15th, 2016 — iXBlue, a global leader in navigation, positioning and imaging solutions, is launching ROVINS NANO, a state-of-the-art inertial navigation system designed for ROV navigation. Announced at Oceanology International trade show, the product was eagerly awaited by the offshore industry.
Based on iXBlue’s ultimate performance fiber optic gyroscope technology, ROVINS NANO has been designed for ROV pilots performing maintenance and construction operations. It offers the unbeatable stability and accuracy of the inertial position, outputting true north, roll, pitch and rotation rates. Paul Wysocki, iXBlue ROVINS NANO Product Manager, comments: “ROVINS NANO is able to directly transmit the ROV’s position with extreme accuracy thanks to its integrated INS algorithm capable of collecting acoustic data. This is now possible regardless of the depth at which it is located: it is therefore not just an evolution, but rather a revolution for the Middle Water Station Keeping”.
Where the Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) has limitations, especially when operating in middle water, ROVINS NANO is now there to guarantee optimal navigation safety. Paul Wysocki points out: “In the future, it will no longer be necessary to use a DVL: even in “sparse array” LBL fields, with the presence of only one or two beacons, the combination between ROVINS NANO and our RAMSES acoustic system enables to reach extremely accurate positioning data.” iXBlue thus provides more flexibility to its customers: by avoiding the use of DVL, operators undeniably reduce their operational and associated calibration costs.
Besides its high level of performance, ROVINS NANO adapts itself to its user: the configuration, installation and product’s use have been considerably facilitated, while incorporating a system as complex as the INS. The ultimate goal? The pilot forgets the very existence of the product when maneuvering. Moreover, thanks to its compactness, lightness and open architecture with all third-party sensors, ROVINS NANO is extremely easy to integrate. All of this, at a very affordable price: the product offers better return on investment and lower total cost of ownership.
Paul Wysocki is delighted: “We are very pleased to offer this unique system on the offshore navigation market. It does meet today existing needs and perfectly addresses the operator’s requirements in terms of reliability, ease of use and price.”
The French high technology company iXBlue is now offering an expanded range of proven subsea navigation systems, from ROV navigation to survey applications. Today, everywhere you need it under the sea, iXBlue is there to assist you with ultimate performance inertial equipment.
iXBlue is a leading global provider of innovative solutions and services for navigation, positioning and imaging. Civil and defense customers rely on their systems, operations and services for the challenges they face at sea, on land, in the air or in space.
iXBlue is recognized throughout the industry for their pioneering work on the development of ultimate performance fiber-optic gyroscopes (FOG), acoustic and sonar signal processing, and inertial-acoustic sensor data fusion. In all of these areas, their products provide high accuracy, unrivalled performance and unsurpassed reliability.
iXBlue’s offerings encompass inertial navigation systems, photonic components and modules, acoustic positioning and sonar solutions, imaging systems, motion simulators, and stabilized platforms.