Fugro teams with WFS Technologies for wireless ROV integration

WFS Technologies (WFS), which specialises in the delivery of underwater wireless instrumentation and control solutions, and Fugro Subsea Technologies (Fugro), have announced an agreement to offer subsea wireless capability on all FCV work-class ROVs from 2015 onwards.


Having successfully worked together in the past to deliver Seatooth Video deepwater systems to Fugro for the Moho Nord project in Congo, the companies agreed to enter a partnership which will benefit Fugro’s customers, delivering enhanced ROV solutions for subsea projects.


The agreement means that Fugro ROVs can communicate with all Seatooth enabled subsea devices, such as WiPS (wireless pressure sensor), Pipelogger (wireless pipeline integrity monitoring platform) and Video (wireless video camera) wherever in the world they are deployed.


The integrated systems support three functions: high speed data for video streaming and downloading data from wireless dataloggers; medium speed data for command and control of remote wireless devices; and wireless 'wake up' of remote devices from a very low power state.


"Subsea radio technology has a distinct advantage when operating in adverse water conditions such as in the presence of gas bubbles or high turbidity. Radio signals are unaffected by acoustic noise or biofouling, and are free from multi-path problems," WFS said. "As a result Seatooth is often the only technology that can offer reliable data transmission in the real operating environment."