Ideally located in Britain’s Ocean City, Smart Sound Plymouth is a unique validation and demonstration environment for innovative marine technologies.
Covering 200sq miles of water stretching from Looe in Cornwall to the west to Bolt Tail in the South Hams to the East, this area of water provides an impressive variety of water depth, sea states and weather conditions to conduct sea trails.
Plymouth Smart Sound encompasses a number of ‘in sea’ facilities, including the Western Channel Observatory (WCO), which deploys numerous physical assets and brings an unprecedented level of understanding to this environment.
Access to Plymouth Smart Sound is co-ordinated through the Marine Business Technology Centre headquartered at Oceansgate Enterprise Zone. The MBTC is a partnership between Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Exeter and the Marine Biological Association working closely with leading Plymouth based businesses such as Thales, Msubs and Sonardyne
With support from leading marine businesses, the MBTC will be investing in new equipment and test kit to use in the Smart Sound, building on the existing Western Channel Observatory run by Plymouth Marine Laboratory.