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iXBlue is a leading provider of navigation, imaging and positioning solutions for first-rank ships, submarines and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to the world’s navies.
Ship navigation and control
iXBlue specialises in producing highly accurate navigation and control systems for maritime environments. The company’s range of four gyrocompasses and inertial navigation systems include:
- QUADRANS is a fully strapdown fibre-optic gyrocompass and attitude heading reference system that combines fast rate and time-stamping technology in a low weight and compact design, as well as simple integration, to suit multiple naval platforms
- OCTANS is a solid-state strapdown gyrocompass and motion sensor, based on fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology, which deploys a six-axis motion sensor to produce highly accurate data for surface vessel applications.
- HYDRINS is a high-performance inertial navigation system (INS) optimised for hydrographic survey using multibeam echosounders that records detailed data for post-processing on DELPH INS software
- PHINS is an inertial navigation system providing position, true heading, attitude, speed, depth and heave information, with compatibility on doppler velocity log (DVL) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UAV)
Military standard inertial navigation systems
iXBlue’s MARINS naval inertial navigation system is designed to provide navies worldwide with more accurate readings than conventional systems. The INS has proven itself so durable and reliable that it has gained space-quality grading standards.
The company’s global electronic chart display and information systems (GECDIS) are produced in three variations: the GECDIS-C, GECDIS-W and GECDIS-ST. iXBlue’s GECDIS solutions comply with the latest IMO, IEC and IHO regulations. All systems monitor, process and display all information available to provide the navigator with the most up-to-date layout of the vessel’s navigation environment.
Subsea navigation and positioning
iXBlue’s subsea navigation systems are reliable and possess high connectivity to help navigators accurately plot the landscape. For naval vessels where space is a premium, the OCTAN NANO 4,000m depth-rated attitude and heading reference system (AHRS), complete with titanium housing, remains well-suited to the challenging subsea environment.
The OCTANS 3,000m-depth subsea survey-grade gyrocompass and complete motion sensor can efficiently and accurately collect navigational data. It can even be upgraded to full INS mode.
ROVINS is a survey-grade full featured inertial navigation system suitable for water depths of 3,000m. Designed specifically for offshore survey and construction works, ROVINS improves the efficiency of all operations where accurate position, heading and attitude are key benefits.
The PHINS 6000 subsea inertial navigation system (INS) provides highly accurate inertial measurement units for position, true heading, attitude, speed, depth, and heave for deepwater operations.
Ultra-short baseline positioning system
iXBlue’s high-performance ultra-short baseline (USBL) positioning systems provide accurate positioning and tracking of subsea vehicles and objects. The iXBlue Fourth Generation GAPS USBL system features a compact and all-in-one design for both portable and permanent installations.
POSIDONIA II is an ultra-short baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system for high-accuracy and ultra-long range tracking of subsea vehicles. It offers enhanced performance with a new electronic cabinet (USBL-Box), including the most recent iXBlue acoustic signal processing and full compatibility with RAMSES 6000 synthetic baseline positioning system.
Synthetic long baseline positioning systems
iXBlue’s two variations of long base line (LBL) positioning systems are cost-effective and time-saving systems. The RAMSES system can be quickly deployed and requires no topside computer or umbilical accessories for immediate and simplified mobilisation.
The ComMet requires no line-of-sight for its acoustics, making it particularly tolerant to masking. This versatility, combined with the additional extensive range of sub-components, makes it a suitable choice for general navigational purposes.
iXBlue’s range of low-frequency, medium-frequency and acoustic telecommand units of acoustic transponders are flexible, high-performance and energy-efficient systems that can be deployed for long-term operations on autonomous beacons or subsea vehicles.
Seabed mapping geophysical software
The company’s signature DELPH software suite has been used by surveyors and geophysicists worldwide to acquire and interpret marine data.
DELPH acquisition software is a unified data logging solution to safely monitor and record side-scan sonar, seismic and sub-bottom profiler data in a simple user interface.
The DELPH interpretation software has the unique capability of handling vast amounts of data in a short time using batch processing, while still providing the finest details. DELPH interpretation is the ideal solution when processing time is critical.
Synthetic aperture side-scan sonar
iXBlue’s SAMS DT-6000 is a multi-mission seabed mapping sonar that combines the use of advanced synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) technology together with iXBlue cutting edge products such as PHINS 6000, POSIDONIA II and ECHOES 5000.
The flexible architecture allows easy integration with tow fish and AUV platforms. SAMS is a multi-purposes tool that enables navigators go to -1,000m or as deep as -6,000m.
Sub-bottom profilers and very low frequency transducers
iXBlue’s ECHOES range of sub-bottom profilers are versatile solutions for accurate navigation. The systems provide low-distortion data and penetration, facilitate buried objects management, and are easy to install.
Pan and tilt stabilised platforms
iXBlue’s pan and tilt platforms can be deployed on land and sea operations. The systems contain a real-time interface for sensor in-the-loop control and tracking capabilities that provide accurate results in an easy setup.
Positioners to pinpoint objects
iXBlue’s positioner systems use a real-time interface for sensor-in-the-loop control and advanced model-based controller to pinpoint objects with high accuracy on land and sea applications. The system is MIL-STD-810G qualified, compact, portable, and has low power consumption, making it a suitable choice for all navies worldwide.
iXBlue supplies a unique warship electronic chart display and information system (WECDIS) based on an open software design that allows it to meet the individual needs of its users.
At the Sea Air Space 2017, held in Washington, DC, US, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) drew attention to the advancement of digital solid-state technologies over MILSPEC analogue devices.