Research & Innovation

Stevens Institute of Technology to License Stevens Passive Acoustic Detection System to Sonardyne

Hoboken, N.J., USA – Stevens Institute of Technology and Sonardyne Inc., a subsidiary of U.K. based Sonardyne International Ltd., manufacturer of subsea navigation and security technologies, have executed a licensing agreement for intellectual property of the Stevens Passive Acoustic Detection System (SPADES), which uses sound processing to detect, track and classify vessels, swimmers and divers. 

Researchers at Stevens developed SPADES as a cost effective, highly-portable, near shore and harbor surveillance system to protect naval ships, ports, waterways, and high-value maritime assets from threats posed by divers or small vessels. SPADES can be used standalone, or to augment a Sentinel active sonar, to provide an enhanced underwater surveillance solution.  SPADES can covertly classify and track sound sources in the water without transmitting a signal that can be detected. This licensing agreement enhances Sonardyne’s defense and maritime security capability and builds on Sonardyne’s recent record sales of the Sentinel diver detection systems.

“At Stevens, faculty and students focus on the discovery of innovative solutions to important problems with broad societal impact,” said Stevens Vice Provost of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Dr. Christos Christodoulatos. “SPADES is an example of a disruptive technology for use in the maritime security domain, where university and industry collaborate to commercialize university generated intellectual property. We are very excited about this collaboration and the potential deployment of our technology, as it will substantially improve classification of threats in complex harbor environments.”

Founded in 1971, Sonardyne’s expertise ranges from undersea networks of autonomous sensor nodes, safety critical positioning and control systems for offshore platform and navigating underwater vehicles. The company operates in a myriad of offshore energy and maritime security industries delivering innovation in acoustic signal processing, hardware design, custom engineering and emerging technologies such as SPADES.

“Sonardyne is already a recognized key player in the diver detection sonar business,” said Stevens Director of Advanced Research Programs Dr. Hady Salloum. “SPADES complements Sonardyne’s active system, Sentinel, to provide a unique, integrated solution for dealing with underwater and surface threats. We are looking forward to working together.”

“Through investment and diversification, Sonardyne is committed to the development and creation of innovative and exciting technologies,” commented Sonardyne’s Managing Director, John Ramsden. “We have built one of the most unique and vibrant subsea engineering companies, able to create solutions for a very diverse range of clients and applications. Our technology partnership with Stevens will bring to market a unique combination of underwater surveillance capabilities that will enhance the protection we can provide high risk marine assets.”

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education. The university is the fastest-rising college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

About Sonardyne

Sonardyne International Ltd is recognised as a world leader in the design and manufacture of underwater acoustic positioning, inertial navigation, wireless communications and sonar technology systems for the offshore oil and gas, ocean scientific and maritime security industries.