Newly Patented Technology Can Prevent Another Malaysian Airlines MH370 Mystery

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DarkWater Acoustics announced today that it has been granted a US Patent on advanced technology for Under Water Locator Beacons (ULBs, or “pingers”). The new “adaptive pinger” was conceptualized in 2014 at the time the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370 revealed the limitations of existing pinger technology.

DarkWater Acoustics, CEO and Inventor, Thomas DiCicco said, “The shortcomings of the existing technology are addressed in the newly patented technology, which has applications in aviation and maritime sectors; virtually anywhere high value assets can be lost in the world’s vast oceans”. The new technology offers benefits such as: greatly extend battery life; adapting to depth for greater detection range and reporting depth to the surface search ships in a coded acoustic pulse sequence. DiCicco explains “we are very excited about the potential of this technology to help prevent lost aircraft and ships by greatly expanding the probability of detection with adaptive technology.” The innovative features of adaptive pingers are encompassed by US Patent 9,789,939 B1 that was granted in October 2017.

Thomas DiCicco further explains, “We, at DarkWater Acoustics, are seeking out any commercialization partners that would be interested in bringing the new “Adaptive Pinger” to market. DiCicco adds, “The Patent also addresses the many thousands of “legacy pingers” in use today with additional technology to greatly extend the usefulness of these devices, all without any physical changes to the actual “pinger” device itself. This is particularly exciting because it is possible this feature could be implemented in very short order and with low cost, in airline fleets worldwide.”

DarkWater Acoustics is newly organized for the sole purpose of bringing this valuable technology to market. The company recognizes there are several established manufacturers in this market and invites all inquiries. Appropriate partners can enjoy market exclusivity with innovative technology that is broadly applicable to undersea localization. For detailed information, please visit DarkWater’s web site or contact info(at)darkwateracoustics(dot)com.

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