Sercel Underwater Acoustics Deepwater Acoustics Solutions and Seismic Activity Monitoring for Marine Operations

naval communication systemsSercel Underwater Acoustics develops subsea data transmission solutions and marine instrumentation for oceanographic manufacturing, naval, and oil and gas applications.

Products include underwater acoustic communication, positioning and passive acoustic monitoring, and marine mammal detection systems. Sercel also provides ocean-bottom seismometers, mooring monitoring beacons, and hydrophones for optimised marine communication.

Multi-modulation acoustic telemetry units for the naval industry

MATS 3G is an underwater acoustic unit, providing a single solution for subsea communication. It features innovative digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities for long-range and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV).

The system is compact, lightweight, and has a high data rate link for transferring side-scan sonar information or images from a subsea camera to a master vessel.

MATS 3G can be installed in offshore drilling platforms to provide an accurate underwater communication solution for subsea valve operations. It is used in oceanographic applications and real-time monitoring carried out by networking stations.

The unit features Vitac software modules to improve image transmission and acoustic signals in horizontal channels, ensuring files are retrievable in the event of communications failures.

MATS 3G combines Trident software in a string of four hydrophones. Trident improves the high data rate communication in horizontal channels (shallow water) and noisy environments by managing the processing of multipath spreading. There is a 6dB signal-to-noise improvement when using Trident.

Cost-efficient acoustic positioning solutions

GeoTag is a state-of-the-art, turnkey acoustic positioning solution designed for ocean-bottom or transition-zone seismic equipment. The cost-effective and adaptable system can reach depths of 500m and is one of the smallest acoustic transponder currently on the market.

The system can be deployed for shallow and deep surveys, while up to 10,000 transponders can be used per system.

Autonomous ocean-bottom seismometers

MicrOBS is an autonomous 4-C ocean-bottom seismometer, which is able to reach a total depth of 6,000m and record primary and secondary waves for up to 24 days.

The seismometer integrates a combination of 3-C low-distortion geophones and a hydrophone.

It can be retrieved easily with a radio signal and flashlight to download data. By sending a specific signal from the vessel, MicrOBS releases its anchor to enable it to return to the surface.

MicOBS is designed for deepwater refraction seismic surveys, delivering excellent refractor arrivals from crustal discontinuities. The seismometer has 4-C multi-component recording capabilities and allows accurate characterisation of primary and secondary wave velocities in deep crustal layers.

The technology is used to monitor earthquakes and natural seismicity to determine the epicentre and related mechanisms in active tectonic areas.

Passive-acoustic monitoring systems and mooring beacons

Sercel’s QuietSea passive-acoustic monitoring (PAM) system offers advanced marine mammal detection capabilities for offshore operations. It has a wide-frequency listening range, covering a large variety of vocalising cetacean species.

QuietSea carries out appropriate monitoring and mitigation measures to protect marine life during naval operations. It can be deployed in civil engineering projects where marine construction activities are likely to produce underwater noise and vibration levels capable of disturbing marine mammals.

The passive-acoustic solution complies with worldwide monitoring regulations to enable environmentally friendly naval activities.

Sercel’s blind-approach beacon systems (BABS) warn operators of mooring line breaks and help to quickly retrieve surface buoys through ARGOS satellite signal transmissions.

BASM send warnings through the ARGOS satellite technology to enable underwater equipment to resurface. They quickly retrieve drifting equipment at sea, significantly reducing operations downtime.

Please use the enquiry form on this page for more product information.

Make an enquiry

Follow this company

Follow the company to be always up to date with this company

Press Release

Sercel Conducts Sea Trials of Multi-Modulation Acoustic Telemetry System

Sercel Underwater Acoustics recently conducted sea trials on behalf of Ariane Group.

White Papers

GeoTag Seabed Positioning System

GeoTag is the new acoustic positioning system from Sercel designed to work with any ocean bottom or transition zone seismic equipment down to 500m deep.

Sercel Underwater Acoustics

12 rue de la Villeneuve

ZI de Kergonan




+33 0 2 40 30 11 81 +33 0 2 98 05 29 05 Sercel Underwater Acoustics

Sercel Underwater Acoustics Images

Products and Services


Related Projects

Press Release

11 April 2019

Sercel Underwater Acoustics recently conducted sea trials on behalf of Ariane Group.

Read more
28 March 2019

Sercel will be attending European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna, Austria, in April.

Read more

Regional Offices

Sercel Underwater Acoustics

12 rue de la Villeneuve

ZI de Kergonan




+33 0 2 40 30 11 81 +33 0 2 98 05 29 05 Sercel Underwater Acoustics

Contact company

I have read and accept the terms and conditions and privacy policys.
We'd like to keep you informed about relevant promotions, products and services, if you would like not to receive these, check this box.
If you would like to hear from carefully selected third party companies, check this box
Follow this company to receive notifications when they update.

Go Top