Multispectral Backscatter Evaluation Project
QPS Chief Scientist, Dr. Jonathan Beaudoin, has been working with academic partner Dr. Craig Brown (Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)) and with Mike Brissette (R2Sonic) to assist in field evaluation of the new multispectral capabilities of R2Sonic multibeam echosounders. Trials were conducted in the Bedford Basin in Halifax, NS, Canada in August, this being the second set of field trials. Early results from the first field trials held in March 2016 were presented by Dr. Beaudoin and Dr. Brown at the GeoHab conference in Winchester, UK in May of 2016. For both trials, QPS provided software support for acquisition and data processing to facilitate the R&D process for R2Sonic. QINSy, Qimera and FMGT were configured in a real-time mode to allow for immediate production of backscatter imagery. This enabled quick evaluation of results and facilitated a dynamic experimental approach to the trials. Multispectral backscatter is a new capability that has the potential to be a game changer for seafloor backscatter imaging. The capability to image the seafloor simultaneously with widely separated acoustic frequencies will allow for improved classification and characterization capabilities in addition to a host of other applications that are yet to be discovered.
Photo: Dr. Craig Brown on the far right, accompanied by an NSCC intern to the left and a few deckhands. The piece of kit in the lower left is an R2Sonic 2026 multibeam echosounder on the end of a pole mount. This was the sonar we were testing R2Sonic’s new multispectral capability with in QINSy, Qimera and FMGT.
Photo: we're out in Bedford Basin in Halifax with Mike Brissette from R2Sonic and Dr. Craig Brown from the Nova Scotia Community College. We’re field testing R2Sonic’s new “multispectral” backscatter capability with QPS software. The QPS Seamless Workflow is hard at work, see the attached photo. On the left you see QINSy doing acquisition and integration for real-time QA. The .db files are then automatically transferred to a network drive at the end of each line by QINSy. On the right monitor, Qimera Live then automatically slurps in those files, processes them and the operator converts to GSF with a single mouse click. FMGT then slurps in the GSF file automatically with its own Directory Monitoring capability, and the operator gets an updated backscatter mosaic with a single button click.
7th September 2016
Product QPS QINSy addon Qloud
The following details the End-of-Life for the following QPS product/service:
Product Version Migration path
QINSy addon Qloud All None. Replaced by Qimera, see NOTE
End-of-Sale date: 31st August 2016
End-of-Technical Life: 31st December 2016
End-of-Product Life: 30th July 2018
Summary: Following the successful launch in 2015 of our processing product, Qimera, Quality Positioning Services (QPS) bv hereby announces that we will discontinue all the commercial activities concerning and related to the QINSy addon Qloud. The QINSy addon Qloud will be closed down.
End-of-Sale: All commercial activities will reach their End-of-Sale date on 31st August, 2016. Consequently QPS will not sell, market or provide upgrade codes for new licenses after this date. Additionally, QPS will no longer renew any maintenance agreements for existing Qloud customers, nor honour sales quotes that may have been made but not yet actioned. Qloud customers have enjoyed the opportunity to take advantage of the time limited offer to upgrade to Qimera.
End-of-Technical Life: Qloud will reach its End-of-Technical Life on 31st December, 2016. Following this date, no fixes or patches will be made available.
End-of-Product Life: Qloud will reach its End-of-Product Life on 30th July, 2018. Until the End-of-Product Life QPS will continue to provide support (excluding fixes or patches) to customers holding a valid maintenance agreement or rental agreement. Following this date, QPS will no longer market/sell/rent/support Qloud in any way.
If you have any questions, please contact QPS Marketing and Sales or your regional QPS reseller and we will respond to your question, or direct your issue to someone who can. Thank you for your co-operation in this product transition. The existing workflow with QINSy and Qloud remains fully working. There can be no doubt whatsover, Qimera is a very significant improvement, and we encourage the change from Qloud to Qimera (Qimera Clean, Qimera or Qimera Pro). The data path with QINSy and Qloud, was to take QINSy QPD files, convert to Qloud QTM file, complete cleaning, then unload edits back to the QPD files. A data path that involved not one but two time-consuming data transfer stages and is the same inefficient workflow offered by others. Qimera wholly negates the double data transfer phases by working directly and efficiently on the QPD files – a very significant time and disk space saving! Qimera is new, is feature rich and we continue to add additional items, very friendly, very fast and makes available a great selection of useful tools, plus an ability to process 3rd party formats.
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