BioSonics recently announced the release of the DT-X Extreme echosounder, a ruggedized version of BioSonics DT-X portable scientific echosounder with several additional capabilities. The DT-X Extreme can be operated in the typical manner as a portable system for mobile fisheries or aquatic habitat surveys using a laptop computer for control and data acquisition.
However, the DT-X Extreme also has the unique ability to operate as an autonomous data logger for USV deployments and/or extended, fixed-station monitoring applications. For autonomous data collection, a laptop/PC is used only to program data collection and duty cycle parameters. Then the laptop may be disconnected and the DT-X Extreme will continue to ping and log data internally with storage capacity for up to 30-days.
The DT-X Extreme is built for extended outdoor deployments, with IP67 splash proof construction throughout and metal connectors on all ports, cables and transducers. The Extreme series also includes a built-in DGPS, integrated Wi-Fi router, and DC voltmeter.
“The DT-X Extreme incorporates the technologies we’ve developed for our submersible and autonomous echosounder systems into a portable device”, stated BioSonics President, Tim Acker. He continued, “The DT-X Extreme will allow us to further expand into the growing USV market by allowing for collection of rich, scientific datasets without the cargo requirement for an onboard PC”.