What special features does the DST-2 have?
This is a very open-ended answer because, as the Actisense Active DST Module’s software can be updated, the list of special features can be extended or modified when required – by Actisense, or a particular customer.
The first special feature developed for a commercial customer was the Hydrographic firmware upgrade which enables additional proprietary NMEA 0183 data to be sent to the PC allowing a hydrographic (picture) slice of the water/seabed to be displayed in full colour, detailing the differing strengths of all echoes.
By scrolling this data every time another slice is received, a history of seabed information is built up. This display creates a detailed picture of the seabed and other echoes (potentially fish) found in the water below the transducer.
This specialist firmware and NMEA display software (for a Windows PC or laptop) is not currently available to the general public.
Please contact Actisense if this option is of interest to you or your company.
For more information on NMEA 0183 and how it works, please download our free guide to NMEA 0183 networking here: https://actisense.com/everything-to-know-about-nmea-0183-guide/