The Fiomarine Acoustic Command Fiobuoy is an underwater equipment retrieval system. The submersible buoy can be triggered by an on-demand acoustic release or a pre-programmed time and date.
The Acoustic Command Fiobuoy is an all-in-one underwater equipment retrieval system. Encoded with a unique six digit security access code, your Fiobuoy will be protected from unauthorized use as well individually accessible. The submersible buoy is deployed to the seabed with your equipment, away from potential entanglements with passing vessels and other surface concerns. When you are ready to retrieve your equipment, the buoy can be released by a pre-programmed time and date or by an acoustic command. This advanced communication system has a standard operating range of up to 500m (1645 ft) away, making recovery simple and quick. Using two way Spread Spectrum Transmission technology and digital signal processing, the Acoustic Command Fiobuoy can even be reprogrammed while it is secured underwater.
The Fiobuoy arrives ready for deployment, complete with the acoustic release, marker, retrieval line and line storage. Unlike a traditional acoustic release, this system remains tethered to both your equipment and anchor, so nothing gets left behind or floats away. The Fiobuoy reliably brings back all of your equipment and thanks to its unique spool design, it can be redeployed within minutes of retrieval.
Buoyancy lift (seawater): 100m: 7.7 lbs; 200m: 17.6 lbs
Weight (without rope): 100m: 28.6 lbs; 200m: 33 lbs
Overall Diameter: 100m/200m: 16.1”
Battery Pack: 7.5 VDC, 10 AH
Operating Temperature: 37°F to 122°F
Acoustic Communication Depth: 200m (650 ft)
Acoustic Communication Distance: 500m (1640 ft)
Protocol: 2 way, broadband spread spectrum 100 bps, confirmed packet
Data Rate: 100 bps
Error Rate: 10-6
Doppler Tolerance: +/- 5ms-1
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|20-110-Z000-MI-C-W1||Fiobuoy AC100 acoustic underwater retrieval system, 100m depth capacity & 120m rope capacity||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|20-120-Z000-MI-C-W1||Fiobuoy AC200 acoustic underwater retrieval system, 200m depth capacity & 250m rope capacity||
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|40-211-001||Fiobuoy 3-Strand 10mm diameter white rope, 1500kg, priced per meter||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|40-212-001||Fiobuoy 3-Strand 10mm diameter yellow rope, 1500kg, priced per meter||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|40-210-001||Fiobuoy Dyneema PE braid 10mm diameter rope, 5000kg, priced per meter||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|40-550-102||Fiobuoy splicing/stainless steel thimble fitting for 3-Strand rope||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|40-550-101||Fiobuoy Splicing/stainless steel thimble fitting for Dyneema rope||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|25-310-203||Fiobuoy acoustic deck control unit, includes infrared computer interface cable||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|25-210-101||Fiobuoy PSION WorkAbout handheld computer||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|25-110-103||Fiobuoy mini winder, for 100m/200m depth capacity||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|25-110-101||Fiobuoy deck winder, for 100m depth capacity||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|25-110-102||Fiobuoy deck winder, for 100m/200m depth capacity||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|25-510-102||Fiobuoy maintenance tool||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
|25-522-103||Fiobuoy AC100/AC200 maintenance kit, includes 7.5VDC battery pack & (2) O-rings||Usually ships in 1-2 weeks|
How does the Fiobuoy prevent rope from knotting?
The Fiobuoy is specifically designed to prevent rope entanglement. The spool structure allows the rope to unwind naturally (rewinding is just as easy). Instead of having to struggle with a rope canister and the potential entanglements it can cause, winding the rope on a spool is quick, simple and ensures that the rope won’t knot up.
How deep can I deploy my instruments with the Fiobuoy?
Fiomarine makes two models lengths for the Acoustic Command Fiobuoy. The AC100 is rated to a depth of 100 m when using 10 mm diameter rope, and the AC200 can be deployed to 200 m. If you use thinner rope, a greater length can be used. The AC100 can fit a maximum of 120 m of 10mm rope (and the AC200 can accommodate 250m), but the excess should remain to allow for tidal changes and currents to ensure the Fiobuoy reaches the surface.
Does the Fiobuoy work in freshwater?
Yes, the Fiobuoy can operate in both freshwater and saltwater applications.
What kind of battery does the Fiobuoy need?
The Fiobuoy uses alkaline batteries, which can last 3-12 months depending on the model and usage patterns. The 200m model can accommodate a second battery pack for longer deployments.
Will the acoustic model be affected by my other equipment?
No. The Fiobuoy’s communications system will not be affected by other equipment such as ADCPs. In addition, as the Fiobuoy’s acoustic system transmits less than 1 watt into the water using a spread spectrum technique, it is almost undetectable by other systems.
What is the range on the acoustic control?
The Fiobuoy’s acoustic range is 500m by line-of-sight. Because the Fiobuoy remains tethered to its anchor, it will not drift from the original drop site.
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