At sea, pitch and roll movements of boats, ships or USVs caused by the swell present a challenge for data acquisition processes. If sensors are mounted without stabilization, they are exposed to the movements of the vessel, which results in numerous sources of error.
Precise Stabilization in harsh environments
SOMAG AG Jena's marine Mount portfolio was specifically designed for marine applications to precisely stabilize sensors in extremely harsh environments. The design of the units allow the adaption of a wide range of cameras and scanners, making the devices very versatile for various applications, such as surveillance tasks for which gyro stabilization makes a noticeable difference.
Electro-Optical/Infra-Red systems are usually used for this purpose, as they provide both visible and infrared wavelengths for environmental perception by day and night and under low-light conditions. Image stabilization is of crucial importance here, since EO/IR systems must be able to detect moving objects from a distance and under rough maritime conditions.
First choice gimbals for surveillance applications
With high-quality materials and an IP 67 class shell the Mounts are made to last. The Mounts are salt- and splash-water resistant and have an extremely rugged housing. Rough maritime environments set no limits to their functionality and performance. They feature an electromechanical or hydraulic gimbal system and compensate roll and pitch up to ≤±20.0° and stabilize payloads between 15 kg and 160 kg.
This makes SOMAG's Mounts the first choice as gimbals for surveillance applications at sea. Their usage is not limited to any specific type of vessel. The stabilization platforms can also be installed on (floating) platforms.