Bedrock selects Exail’s Phins 9 Compact INS for next-generation AUV

Exail has concluded its first sale of the Phins 9 Compact brand-new compact high-performance Inertial Navigation System (INS) to Bedrock, a leader in underwater data acquisition platforms. The Phins 9 Compact INS will be integrated into Bedrock’s new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), marking a significant advancement in navigational accuracy and operational efficiency.

Charles Chiau, CTO and co-founder at Bedrock and Jean-Marc Binois, Commercial Director at Exail.

Bedrock’s AUV is a purpose-built, modular platform designed for swift deployment in geophysical surveys and monitoring. Equipped with Multibeam Echosounder (MBES), Side Scan Sonar (SSS), and Magnetometer (MAG), the AUV boasts a 300m depth rating and 12-hour endurance surveying at 3 knots with all systems operational. The integration of Phins 9 Compact INS will empower Bedrock to achieve high navigational accuracy, address operational efficiencies, and mitigate Total Horizontal Uncertainty (THU) and Total Vertical Uncertainty (TVU).

Bedrock new next-generation AUV

“The INS was central to addressing uncertainties and performance challenges for our AUV. We sought an INS solution that could overcome challenges in form factor, power, support, compactness, accuracy, and performance, and Exail’s Phins 9 Compact INS seamlessly aligns with all these requirements”, remarked Charles Chiau, CTO and co-founder at Bedrock. “We are eager to witness the field performance of this INS during sea trials and explore its potential in enhancing our AUV’s navigational capabilities.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Bedrock on this exciting venture. The integration of our Phins 9 Compact INS into Bedrock’s AUV exemplifies the innovation and precision that both companies strive to achieve,” said Shayan Haque, Sales Manager at Exail. “We look forward to the successful deployment of our technology and the positive impact it will have on Bedrock’s geophysical survey capabilities.”

Boasting compact dimensions of 88.9 x 130 mm, the Phins 9 Compact stands as the most compact high-performance INS available in the market. With a power consumption of less than 7 W and a DVL-aided position accuracy of 0.1% TD, it provides exceptional reliability and navigation precision for compact subsea vehicles operating in demanding applications with low power requirements.

The Phins 9 Compact represents a significant advancement in subsea navigation technology. It is an ideal solution for new generation AUV manufacturers and e-ROV operators looking to save power without compromising on data processing capabilities.

In addition to product performance, Bedrock’s decision to select Exail’s INS was based on the alignment between Exail’s engineering support and Bedrock’s philosophy. The close similarities in approach, rigor in quality, and the collaboration between dedicated teams from both companies facilitated a seamless integration process. The partnership between Exail and Bedrock is a testament to their shared vision of enhancing accessibility to the ocean with a focus on precision and accuracy.