Side scan sonar is one of the most effective tools for underwater exploration because it can search a large area quickly and produce a detailed picture of anything on the bottom, regardless of water clarity. When looking at a side scan image it appears as if the water has been removed and the operator is getting an unobstructed view of the ocean floor, lake bottom, or river bed. High resolution images are sent from the towfish to a topside computer (included with the system) for display and storage. An optional Panasonic Toughbook® is available for small, open boat operations (see image on side). The 10.1" XGA sunlight-viewable LED 1024 x 768 resistive touchscreen computer can be ordered as an option for the Side Scan system instead of the standard laptop. This computer is MIL-STD-810G certified (6' drop, shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature, temperature shock, humidity, explosive atmosphere). Another option is adding a Microsoft Surface® tablet to the inside of the control box lid for a “sleeker” package versus the standard laptop (see image on side).
Fishers SONAR VIEW software gives the operator complete control over the systems operating parameters. Choose between 10 different scan ranges and 8 color schemes to display images. Connect a GPS and position coordinates are automatically captured with the side scan data. Point the mouse on a target and the GPS position coordinates for the target are displayed on the screen.