FarSounder is delighted to announce the addition of a new 1,250ft² (116m²) test facility, located in Warwick, RI, the same town as FarSounder's main office. Housing our own test tank means that transducer testing can be done more efficiently at our own location.
Commenting on the company expansion, Matthew Zimmerman, VP of Engineering says, "We are extremely excited at what this will mean for our operation, not just in terms of streamlining our manufacturing process, but the opportunities it will offer for our various R&D projects. In choosing this facility we are looking to the continued growth of FarSounder and anticipate the added advantage in the future of moving our assembly line there as well."
As a company specializing in sonar technology, in a part of the country renowned for its underwater specialties in this field, Zimmerman adds, "In this unique field we recognize the importance of having such a facility and are willing to work with other companies who may need the use of such an environment for their own testing."
Used on commercial and private ships for obstacle avoidance and shallow water navigation, FarSounder FS-3 sonars are capable of generating a complete 3-dimensional image of the sea floor and in-water objects at navigationally significant ranges with a single ping. They offer visualization of a clear, easy to understand 3D sonar image. This sonar technology revolutionizes marine navigation, especially in shallow areas.
The FarSounder team is currently working on a Department of Commerce ATP Grant to extend the capabilities of their navigation sonar out to significant long ranges and high speeds appropriate for the largest of vessels as well as high speed ferries.
FarSounder's technology is also appropriate for security and defense applications. The company is currently working on a Phase II SBIR for the Department of Homeland Security as well as Project UPSIDE, a Port Security Pilot Program through Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC).