Sperry Gets $16.8-Million Government Contract For Shipboard Data System

The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded Sperry Corporation a $16.8-million contract to provide a new shipboard data system for the acquisition and processing of hydrographic information by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The system, know as the Shipboard Data System III (SDS III), will replace NOAA's current Hydroplot/ Hydrolog system that has been in use since 1970. The SDS III will provide NOAA with greater automation in the acquisition of data, greater ability to verify the accuracy of that data while still at the survey site, and greater reliability.

The SDS III will consist of two separate but compatible systems: a Data Acquisition System (DAS) that will be put aboard NOAA launches and other vessels; and a Data Processing System (DPS) that will be aboard hydrographic survey mother ships and in land-based installations.

Sperry will deliver 28 DASs and nine DPSs, with an option for the additional purchase of 20 DASs and 15 DPSs over six years. The contract also provides NOAA with the option to purchase separately additional components of the systems.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 43,  Mar 1985

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