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Sonar Processing Software


MS1000 sonar processor

Domed 1171-series combined imaging and profiling sonar heads

The MS1000 Sonar Processing Software is a Windows-based application that can be configured to control the complete digital line of Kongsberg Mesotech's single-beam scanning sonar and altimeter products. The software program converts any standard personal computer (PC) into a fully functional sonar processor without the need for additional boards or hardware, and is designed to ensure compliance to reliability, statutory and regulatory requirements.

There are two editions of MS1000 software, the Express Edition and the Standard Edition. The Express Edition provides basic functions for the Company's sonar heads and does not require a security key for operation. The Standard Edition of MS1000 software is for customers requiring increased functionality. This version has many advanced features for data interpretation that are beneficial to various underwater applications. Please see the chart below for a complete list of features available in each edition.


  • 3D profiling possible with rotating device
  • Track Plotter module allows user to plot scanned area, geo-reference targets and create GeoTIFFs
  • Target tracking
  • Simultaneous multi-head operation
  • Coordinate system support – supports local coordinate system for different countries and territories

MS1000 Processing Software – Feature Comparison Chart:


MS1000 Express

MS1000 Standard

Telemetry Interface
Sonar Head Support  
Single altimeterXX
Single sonar head (excluding high-resolution)XX
High-resolution head X
Multiple sonar head operation X
Multiple device synchronization X
Sonar Head Operation Settings
Panel gainXX
Scan width and headingXX
Scan speedXX
Transmit powerXX
Frequency (fixed and tuneable)XX
Transmit pulse type (CW, LFM)XX
Baud rateXX
Scan mode polarXX
Scan mode sectorXX
Scan mode side-scan X
Scan mode echo-sounder X
Pulse length X
Bandwidth X
Time varying gain (TVG) X
Peak detection X
Compression X
Target Tracking X
Profiling and data exporting X
Sonar Display Settings
Colour palette selectionXX
Grids, cursors and annotationsXX
Multilingual user interfaceXX
Slant range correction X
Measurement toolsXX
Remote keypadXX
Snap shot (BMP, JPG, PNG, TIF)XX
True zoom X
Event marker X
External Sensor Support
NMEA standard sensor (GPS, compass, MRU, etc.)XX
Valeport® MIDAS CTD sensor X
Track Plotter Survey features
Helmsman display X
Survey line planning X
Survey area coverage display X
Survey map/chart planning X
GeoTIFF importing X
Coordinate projection and datum shift X
Sonar location coordinates calibration X
Event marker recording and replay X
Program sonar factory baud rateXX
Upgrade sonar firmwareXX
Factory reset of settingsXX
Data recording and playbackXX
Error message log window and fileXX
Multiple user operation X
Optional Features
3D profiling X

Software Updates

Please contact the Kongsberg Mesotech Ltd. office for MS 1000 Software updates.