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iXBlue Launches New Inertial Navigation System

iXBlue, a global leader in navigation, positioning and imaging solutions, has launched ROVINS NANO, a state-of-the-art inertial navigation system designed for ROV navigation. Announced at 2016 Oceanology International trade show in London, the product is based on iXBlue’s fiber optic gyroscope technology.


Called ROVINS NANO it is designed for ROV pilots performing maintenance and construction operations. It offers the stability and accuracy of the inertial position, outputting true north, roll, pitch and rotation rates. It is able to directly transmit the ROV’s position with extreme accuracy thanks to its integrated INS algorithm capable of collecting acoustic data. This is possible regardless of the depth at which it is located.

Where the Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) has limitations, especially when operating in middle water, ROVINS NANO guarantees optimal navigation safety. Because of this, it will no longer be necessary to use a DVL: even in “sparse array” LBL fields, with the presence of only one or two beacons, the combination between ROVINS NANO and iXBLUE’s RAMSES acoustic system enables extremely accurate positioning data. By avoiding the use of DVL, operators undeniably reduce their operational and associated calibration costs.

ROVINS NANO adapts to its user: the configuration, installation and product’s use have been considerably facilitated, while incorporating a system as complex as the INS. The ultimate goal? The pilot forgets the very existence of the product when maneuvering. Moreover, thanks to its compactness, lightness and open architecture with all third-party sensors, ROVINS NANO is easy to integrate. All of this, at a very affordable price: the product offers better return on investment and lower total cost of ownership. For more information, click here.

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