The results speak for themselves.
The 67degree water corrected port version of the Cathx Fast Fly video camera was used. Due to the camera’s position and angle on the towed frame along with the close range to the seabed, this ensured water distortion affects were eradicated. It also ensured that as much of the seabed as possible was captured during the survey. The result was the collection of higher quality detailed images and video.
The Cathx Prowler acquired image data at higher speeds. This reduced the need to slowdown or stop the ship. It allowed for better quality data to be captured from a wider area in a shorter amount of time. Reductions in survey times also resulted in reduced CO2 emissions.
Cathx Ocean’s Prowler produces high quality detailed images. These are ideal for use in third party software for mosaic and photogrammetry requirements.
Cathx Ocean’s Mission Monitoring software displays images from the imaging system in real-time to ensure the quality of the images. The Camera Monitoring GUI allows the real-time control of key parameters such as image, exposure, focus, and aperture. It also allows real-time status on image saving.
Cathx Ocean’s data event detection process will help automate the counting and classification process. Human error is reduced, as there is no manual input of data.
The Prowler system integrates with the vessel navigation system. The images captured are instantly timestamped and geo-tagged. By surveying the same area on a continuous basis, this allows the Marine Institute to build up a profile the Nephrops habitat over time.