Photo: Source: SubC Imaging

SubC Imaging gets govt support to test towed subsea camera system

SubC Imaging has teamed up with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO Gulf and DFO Newfoundland and Labrador) to test two full SubC Towed Camera Systems this fall.

This comes as the company secured a $250,000 contract with the Government of Canada’s Innovative Solutions Canada Testing Stream (ISC-TS), under Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED).

The ISC-TS is known to purchase pre-commercial goods and services and allow selected companies to test their innovation with government partners in a real-life setting.

Towed Camera System. Source: SubC Imaging

The Towed Camera System is designed for smaller vessels that work in a shallow-water depth of under 500 metres.

It collects digital images with high-output LED strobes and 4K or HD subsea videos for various marine research purposes such as coastal research, benthic studies, and seafloor mapping.

“It is a time-saving solution that could potentially expand survey areas and reduce the data-to-decision-cycle that guides marine protected area policy”, SubC Imaging said.

“DFO feels the system could be a cost-effective, compact solution that can be deployed off a small vessel and thus would benefit their research and monitoring activities in coastal benthic ecosystems”.