Navigation

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iXblue offers a complete range of Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG)-based Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) dedicated to maritime surface and subsea applications. The group also provides a comprehensive range of Forward Looking Sonars (FLS) and Inertial Measurement Units (IMU).

Highly reliable and performant, iXblue systems provide extremely robust navigation in all environments, including when GNSS isn’t available. For many years now, they’ve been the preferred navigation systems for major operations in the challenging offshore and hydrographic industries. They are fit to equip a wide range of vessels, ranging for boats to Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and Uncrewed Surface Vehicles (AUVs and USVs).

Reliable and Accurate Navigation Through a Full Ecosystem

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Inertial Measurement Units

UmiX Series is a range of high-performance Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) designed for demanding applications. The sensor core provides rotation and acceleration vectors from 3 Fiber-Optic Gyroscopes (FOG) and 3 iXal-S Vibrating Beam Accelerometers (VBA), all of which are designed in-house.

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Inertial Navigation for Subsea Operations

Equipping over 80% of the subsea vehicles used in the Energy and Geoscience industries, iXblue FOG (Fiber-Optic Gyroscope)-based Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Attitude Heading and Reference Systems (AHRS) are accurate and maintenance-free navigation systems that offer unrivaled performance and power robust navigation for Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).

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Inertial Navigation for Surface Operations

iXblue offers a complete range of Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG)-based Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) dedicated to maritime surface applications. Highly reliable and performant, iXblue systems provide extremely robust navigation information in environments that experience long-term GNSS outages. For many years now, they’ve been the preferred surface navigation systems for major operations in the challenging offshore and hydrographic industries.

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Inertial Navigation for Subsea Operations

Equipping over 80% of the subsea vehicles used in the Energy and Geoscience industries, iXblue FOG (Fiber-Optic Gyroscope)-based Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Attitude Heading and Reference Systems (AHRS) are accurate and maintenance-free navigation systems that offer unrivaled performance and power robust navigation for Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).

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Forward Looking Sonars

The SeapiX-FLS Series is a range of scalable 3D multi-beam Forward Looking Sonars that are particularly suited for obstacle avoidance, real-time seabed mapping and rapid environmental assessment (REA) applications.
Offering obstacle detection from the seabed to the surface, they offer unmatched situational awareness for increased safety of navigation.

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Inertial Navigation for Surface and Subsea Operations

An Inertial Navigation System (INS) is at the heart of a vessel’s navigation. It provides key position and time data without having to rely on GNSS signals, which can either be disturbed or unavailable. Such a critical role requires both high-performance, and unfaltering reliability.

iXblue has got an unique range of inertial solutions (INS and AHRS) not affected by GPS outage for surveyors, from gyrocompass to complete inertial navigation systems. Our systems can detect spikes on GPS data (when surveying under bridges, etc.) and exclude them from the navigation calculation.

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Inertial Measurements Units

Gecdis-W is a Warship Electronic Chart Display and Information System (W-ECDIS), which is fully compliant with the latest IEC-IMO and IHO standards and regulations. It is the most intuitive interface available on the market.

Thanks to a 100% proprietary chart engine, Gecdis-W provides key benefits to military navigators:

  • A highly configurable man-machine interface where most frequently used functions can be reached in one click
  • Smooth data management to import and export data, according to regulations, and a rich database functionality

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Forward Looking Sonars

Through its SeapiX-FLS Series, iXblue provides a next-generation forward looking sonar for obstacle avoidance, water column, and bathymetry mapping. iXblue’s range of forward looking sonars offers real-time 3D detection and geo-referencing with an embedded Inertial Measurement Unit for optimized stabilization. Thanks to its high-performance and detailed scanning abilities, Seapix-FLS can ensure safe, real-time navigation to vessels it equips.

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Unrivaled and Steady Long-Term Performance

An inertial navigation system naturally drifts over time. This drift is tightly linked to the system’s performance. Thanks to its world-renowned FOG technology, iXblue can achieve unparalleled levels of performance. This ensures your navigation remains accurate in environments where GNSS won’t work, for extended period of times.

Focus on your Operations thanks to Unfaultering Reliability

By using solid-state technology -implying no moving parts-, all of our INS, AHRS and IMUs are guaranteed to achieve a high level of reliability. They can endure the harshest of environments and treatments without affecting their use or long-term performance.  This means not only you won’t need to worry about your navigation breaking at the worst time (high Mean Time Between Failures [MTBF]), you won’t need to plan for periodic maintenance. We applied the same philosophy to our Forward Looking Sonars, which are tightly build, and meet the strictest standards on the market.

Interoperable solutions for easy field integration

Believing in an interoperable ecosystem as per iXblue’s open philosophy, all our subsea and surface positioning products and solutions are compatible with third-party assets. This makes iXblue products easy to integrate into your existing pool of equipment and operational fields with no compromise on performance or reliability, bringing increased flexibility and efficiency.

Dedicated support experts at your service

Globally recognized for their readiness and proficiency, our teams of support experts are trained on all iXblue products. From integration, to training and assistance, our teams are available around the clock every day of the year to ensure you get the most out of your navigation solutions.

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