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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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News highlights

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Meet the New Buoy

News  |  28 October 2020

It took three lorries to deliver the tower, floats and other parts of Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s new Autonomous Data Buoy; the buoy is a vastly upgraded replacement for the current L4 buoy, moored out in the Western Channel off the South D...

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New Maritime UK South West video demonstrates the well-established cluster that is driving economic growth in the region

News  |  26 October 2020

This short video from Maritime UK South West gives an insight into the various technological and scientific capabilites of the marine industry in the region. 

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Facilities

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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Industry

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.