Less than 10kg with a diameter of 45cm! The dimensions of the SYPOD buoy make it a practical tool for operations of environmental tracking, monitoring of marine mammals, etc. “SYPOD can be launched from the boat bridge and is easily recoverable thanks to the GPS coordinates it transmits” explains Yvan Eustache, product manager for RTsys. Yvan also contributed to the development of the buoy.

Equipped with solar panels, the SYPOD buoy can be used autonomously or cabled, depending on the user’s needs. This buoy has a single channel acquisition system, connected to a hydrophone for underwater acoustical measurements or to another sensor (CTD, turbidity, etc.). The data can be transmitted in real time by WiFi, 4G or radio. For use further offshore, transmission by satellite (Iridium antenna) gives you the possibility of being notified, in real time, of important events (mammal detection, for example) and recover all of the raw data at the end of the mission. Like other RTsys devices, SYPOD has high quality recording with a large bandwidth (3 Hz to 1000 kHz).

After 3 months of development, the first SYPOD buoy was delivered at the end of May. It will be used by to measure, by acoustics, the sand and rock debris in rivers equipped with dams, in the Alps and Pyrenees. For this measurement campaign, RTsys has added a depth gage under the buoy in order to measure the bathymetric profile of the river.

More information about SYPOD can be found here.

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