Vancouver, British Columbia - Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd., a world leader in underwater
diver detection technology, is pleased to announce the release of version 1.3 of
Defender II, the company's automated detection and tracking software for the KONGSBERG
DDS 9000 diver detection sonar system, and the development of Defender X software
for multi-node systems.
"The importance of protecting our ports, waterways, ships and bridges from underwater
security threats has never been greater, and these advances in technology will address
this need — providing powerful, user-friendly software that will continue to be
upgraded for operation on our world-leading system technology," said Phil Andrew,
manager of underwater security for Kongsberg Mesotech, based in Port Coquitlam,
Kongsberg diver detection sonar systems are presently operated with a number
of different automated detection and tracking software programs. These include CATA™
(Computer Aided Target Acquisition), MSI™ (Multi Sensor Integration), plus several
software packages developed by defense industry integrators in cooperation with
Release 1.3 includes the ability to mark the position of High Value Assets and
establish a warning perimeter at a distance pre-selected by the operator. The Closest
Point of Approach (CPA) can be calculated using information provided by the tracking
The Defender X™ software module enables the networked output from up to ten sonar
nodes to be displayed on a single display, simplifying and reducing the number of
displays required for operation in multi-node systems. Previous Defender installations
have displayed a maximum of four nodes, with the capability to expand to eight.
In conjunction with Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace, the company is able to provide
a fully integrated Port Security system that addresses underwater, surface and airborne
threats. Vessel Traffic Management Information Systems (VTMIS) can be integrated
into this system utilizing the C-Scope software suite of Kongsberg Norcontrol.
Data can be integrated from the widest possible choice of sensors, including live
satellite feeds, to provide "The Full Picture".