SeaSonde Release 6
Exciting Features & Convenience
15 February, 2010
of September 2009, CODAR released our most user-friendly radial site software
yet. Release 6 comes with a number of improvements to make set up and maintenance
of your radar sites easier while also providing more robust operation.
If you are the squeamish type when it comes to new software releases, fret
not. Months of in-house and beta testing on operational systems have made
our latest update one that is very stable and ready for prime time.
The feature we are sure will make every technician’s life easier is our
new Radial Web Interface. We’ve utilized some of the latest technologies
built into Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, including Ruby On Rails, to create
a password-protected interface to the radial site data and diagnostics
that is accessible via any standardscompliant web browser. No special app
is necessary. You can log on from a friend’s computer or even your iPhone
or Blackberry. With built-in email alerts, you can be notified while on
the go and diagnose most issues directly from your mobile phone’s browser.
With the one-click download of a system report that covers computer, hardware
and data quality checks, it’s never been so fast and easy to get a snapshot
of radar site health.
CODAR support engineer Hardik
Parikh enjoys a latte at a sunny
California cafe while accessing and
checking status of a SeaSonde
operating in eastern Canada through
sure you’ll enjoy using the Radial Web Interface, we’ve also made
big changes to our on-board applications that technicians will appreciate
whether novice or expert. Are you tired of siting the antenna’s black
arrow bearing, correcting for magnetic declination and then adding
45° to get the loop 1 bearing? If so (or if the last sentence just
completely confused you), don’t worry, our improved Radial Setup
App means you only have to remember one number and it takes care
of the rest. Only the essential information is required and a new
layout makes it easier to remember what is important. SeaDisplay
and SeaDisplay Setup are also much easier to use. Easier navigation
control has been added for setting up site maps and oneclick buttons
on the toolbar are now available to perform common tasks like making
radial distribution plots.
Release 6 is also compatible with our latest Multi-Static Data Processing
software package. Do you have radars in your network that are synchronized
on the same frequency using our patented SHARE technology but are not producing
elliptical vectors? If so, then you’re letting your data go to waste! To
find out if Multi-Static software is right for your network, contact your
favorite CODAR representative. You can see results of our most recent elliptical
validation study in the latest issue of Remote Sensing: Lipa, B., C. Whelan,
B. Rector, B. Nyden, HF radar bistatic measurement of surface current velocities:
drifter comparisons and radar consistency checks, Remote Sens., vol. 1,
pp. 1190-1211. 2009
Not quite ready to process your Multi-Static signals for currents? You
can still utilize SHARE with our Multi-Static Source Monitoring feature.
Whether or not you have the Multi-Static software package for currents
installed, this allows you to monitor the transmit signal from other sites
in your SeaSonde network that are synchronized using SHARE. This monitoring
feature that comes included with Release 6 allows you to track any changes
to antenna pattern characteristics and log them over time an important
tool in QA/QC of your data.
There are many more under-the-hood changes in Release 6 that make SeaSonde
radar site operation more robust and user-friendly. To see if your computer
and operating system are compatible with Release 6 or to download the installer,
please visit our support website at http://support.seasonde.com or
contact a CODAR representative today.