The new Smart Sound Laboratory at PML is designed for testing and development of pioneering scientific sensors and platforms.
The Smart Sound laboratory comprise a large multipurpose facility (hangar) at ground level, incorporating a large roller door to provide access for buoys, autonomous vessels and other large items of equipment. The main area is flexible and open plan with workshop benching, large water tanks with piped seawater for equipment calibration and testing and monitoring systems for mission control of robotic systems deployed off the coast of Plymouth. Two additional smaller rooms, separated from the main area are available for electronics work and the calibration and setup of sensors.
The facility also includes optical biogeochemistry laboratories for testing and calibration of bio-optical instrumentation and are supplemented by co-located mechanical and electronic workshops providing support to these highly technical science areas.
Head of Smart Sound Plymouth and Head of Operations and Technology, Western Channel Observatory -