Scott McLean, Tom Dakin and Jeff Bosma manned the Ocean Networks Canada booth at Oceanology International 2012, the largest ocean technologies exhibition in the world. This 3-day event happens every 2 years in London, UK. This year the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the BC Government and Ocean Networks Canada hosted a Canada pavilion in addition to the historically run Atlantic Canada pavilion. Both pavilions housed eight or more Canadian oceanographic companies and several other Canadian companies were located elsewhere at the Conference, so Canada's ocean industry was very prominent.
Our booth featured Ocean Networks Canada, VENUS, NEPTUNE Canada, ONC Centre of Enterprise and Engagement & BC government displays. Traffic at the booth was heavy.
There were so many discussions & meetings that our staff were unable to sit in on any presentations or visit all the exhibitor's booths, though Scott did present a talk on behalf of NEPTUNE Canada.
Oceanology is the launch pad for many companies’ new technologies. Some of the new technologies displayed included autonomous vertical profiling systems, a commercial ocean data management & QC system, a GIS-based ocean database system, many new sensors and a host of new Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Ocean Sonic's new high frequency hydrophone and Satlantic's new pH sensor were both debuted at the show (both are starting testing on our observatories now as well). The traditional fare was also well represented including buoys, drifters, modems, sonars, Remotely Operated Vehicless, AUVs, instrumentation, sensors, connectors, cables, pressure cases, calibration/training equipment and services, hydrophones, satellite comms and sensors, and much more.