March 2017, Vol. 244, No. 3

TechNotes

Dolphin-Inspired Sensors Improve Detection

Sensor technology inspired by Bottlenose Dolphins could help extend the life of oil and gas pipelines by using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to detect blockages, thanks to a new collaborative research project in Scotland. The initiative, which involves Heriot-Watt University’s Ocean Systems Laboratory, high-tech sonar and underwater systems company, Hydrason Solutions, and CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Center for sensor and imaging systems, will develop an enhanced wideband sonar system based on the principles of the marine mammals’ detection capabilities. Using signal processing techniques gleaned from previous research conducted on Bottlenose Dolphins, the project will dramatically

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