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Britain's platform for innovative marine technology development

Smart Sound Plymouth is Britain’s premier proving area for designing, testing and developing cutting edge products and services for the marine sector, and is ideally suited for building and supporting the next generation of advanced marine technologies.

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Providing access to a unique combination of:
  • State-of-the-art offshore and onshore facilities
  • Some of the world's foremost marine science and technology organizations
  • Nearly a 1,000 sq. kilometres of authorised, de-conflicted water space
  • Funded support for eligible businesses

The area’s impressive variety of water depth, sea states and weather conditions is perfectly suited for conducting sea trials, including sub-surface trials with access to offshore water depths of 75m, providing the ideal environment for multiplatform mission operations.

Co-ordinated through the Marine Business Technology Centre, Smart Sound Plymouth is a partnership between five organizations boasting considerable expertise in autonomous systems, environmental sensor technologies, alternative propulsion, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.

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Smart Sound Plymouth provides access to world-renowned, award-winning marine science and technology expertise. Offshore testing is complemented by onshore facilities, including state-of-the-art laboratories and testing environments for small to large items of equipment.

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Access to collaborate with leading industrial and academic partners specialising in the delivery of innovative marine autonomous solutions, such as: surface and sub-surface autonomous systems, advanced manufacturing, smart ports and cyber security.

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New video captures first at-sea testing for Smart Sound

News  |  31 July 2019

James Fishwick, Head of Smart Sound Plymouth gives an introduction into the capabilties of the Smart Sound and joins clients from ecoSUB robotics for the deployment and testing of their cutting-edge UAVs.

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Tender Opportunity: New buoy platform to facilitate trials and validation of innovative marine technologies

News  |  02 July 2019

Plymouth Marine Laboratory have operated a highly successful scientific data buoy programme within the context of the Western Channel Observatory for ov...

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