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Underwater Imaging with Soundmetrics
Hydroacoustics, due to its long propagation distances in water, has long been the object of interest of Optek, and since learning about the best resolution multi beam sonar systems from Soundmetrics we decided to add hydroacoustics products to our portfolio. As Optek has its roots in academia, we are glad to cooperate with Soundmetrics, which is also a great example of university spin-off company: In 1999, the U.S. Navy asked engineers at the Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, to develop a tool capable of identifying swimming intruders in cloudy or dark water. With very detailed image quality and fast frame rates, the imaging sonar the researchers created delivered near video-like data, enough to capture the behavior of highly dynamic objects. Requests for other applications soon followed and in 2002 the research team founded Sound Metrics Corp. We are glad to announce that since March 2016 Optek Ltd. represents Soundmetrics in Latvia, Estonia and Belarus.