Make your Smart Hydrophone completely wireless with Launch Box. Provide two days of additional power to your hydrophone, send data via wifi directly to your personal computer, tablet or smartphone. Ensure accuracy with built-in GPS time sync. Simplify your data collection with this water-resistant, buoyant deck box. Launch Box was created to ensure your sound data collection is as simple, effective and reliable as possible. Contained within the weatherproof box is WiFi capability, GPS time synchronization and extended power to icListen or any 24-volt ethernet device. Launch Box transmits data wirelessly to your computer up to 100 meters so there is no need to cable the device to connect to a computer.
Launch Box can be used with a single hydrophone or for creating multi-hydrophone arrays through smart cables. By eliminating the physical connection to your PC or smartphone, you can relocate your equipment to where it remains safe and dry. Operation time has been extended as Launch Box provides additional power to connected hydrophones while built-in GPS capabilities allow you to accurately time sync your data and record its position. The lithium-ion battery is small enough to be carried on board a plane without difficulty while providing 100-watt hours of additional power. Weighing only 2kg, Launch Box is handheld and easily portable, simplifying your hydrophone deployment.
“Ocean Networks Canada performed a wide range of tests on the hydrophones prior to deployment to verify the manufacturer’s specifications. The hydrophone instruments met all the manufacturer’s specifications and were easy to use. Both models satisfy our requirements for dynamic range, sensitivity and, most importantly, reliability. When coupled with the fast and friendly customer support we have received, these LF and HF hydrophones are a good choice for our ocean observatory.”Tom Dakin Sensor and Technology Business Development Officer and Resident Ocean Acoustician Ocean Networks Canada
“We have been working with Ocean Sonics in our technology demonstration program since the first prototypes. Our science users have been very impressed with the very high quality data sets. Ocean Networks Canada is expanding our hydrophone network with Ocean Sonic icListen HF smart hydrophones across our observatory including new sites across coastal BC, as part of the Smart Oceans™ program. The compact size, Ethernet interface, high reliability and exceptional performance make these systems ideal for ocean observing applications such as mammal classification, vessel and ambient noise studies.”Scott McLean Director(Former) Ocean Networks Canada
“I have used many different hydrophones on different systems, but these icListen hydrophones are the best I’ve seen in many years. They’re calibrated to very low frequencies where I’ve never been able to get reliable data.”
Ross Chapman Professor Emeritus University of Victoria
The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Regional Scaled Nodes (RSN) had requirements for very broadband hydrophones with good noise floor characteristics and a wide dynamic range. The icListen HF hydrophones satisfied these requirements at a reasonable cost. The hydrophones were quite easy to use out of the box, and easily passed our intensive First Article tests centered on assuring any instrument will not interfere with or corrode any other instrument. Customer support has been quite good, with very detailed questions answered quickly and accurately.
Skip Denny Principal Ocean Engineer, RSN Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington.