Ocean Sonics is an ocean technology company that designs and manufacturers digital hydrophones. The company’s goal is to make the best digital acoustic listening instruments available. Underwater sound is one of the most important tools we have for understanding and studying the sea. It is vital for measuring the ocean’s health.
Before Ocean Sonics existed the concept of the Smart Hydrophone was developed in 2005 by President Mark Wood at Instrument Concepts, a design an engineering company, where its first mission was to help save the world’s largest semi-submersible rig that was listing in the Gulf of Mexico. Experience with this initial product in various places around the world drove the development of the compact icListen, with the introduction of the (very) low frequency icListen in 2010, and the 2nd generation high frequency icListen being introduced in March of 2012.
On February 1, 2012 the company Ocean Sonics was formed to assume the role of designing and manufacturing the icListen Smart Hydrophones, leading Instrument Concepts back to its roots as an engineering services and custom design company.
Like us, most of our users work with ocean sound. They are scientists, environmental assessment specialists, engineers and field operations personnel. Users of the icListen Smart Hydrophones are looking for precise measurement of sounds whether that is mammals, fish, crustaceans and
other aquatic life, ships and boats, wave and wind, seismic, pile driving and air guns or other anthropogenic noise in the ocean. These hydrophones are used by academic and governmental institutions, corporations, and individuals in over 10 countries. At Ocean Sonics we know our users are our greatest asset and we actively seek their input to continuously improve and develop new products.
The Ocean Sonics whale-tail logo symbolizes the company’s strong connection to the sea, being 1000 meters from the Bay of Fundy shore, and 30 km from Northumberland Strait, part of the North Atlantic. The logo also represents the company’s commitment to helping wherever it can to preserve the health of our oceans.