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EK80 Portable

The EK80 Portable is a compact version of the EK80 echo sounder system used by marine research vessels all around the world. It is an all-in-one rugged solution with a compact PC, echo sounder, and GPS. Built-in WiFi lets you control and operate the system from any handheld device or laptop.

The integrated transceiver supports chirp (FM) and continuous wave (CW) pulse forms. It contains four individual transceiver channels with multiplexing functionality. You can set it up for flexible split or single beam transducer configurations.


Key Features

  • Ready to use
  • Integrated computer and display
  • Integrated GPS receiver
  • Integrated WiFi
  • A member of the EK80 wideband echo sounder family
  • Rugged and compact design
  • Splash-proof housing
  • Four independent channels with built-in multiplexing are available
  • Built-in calibration tool
  • A wide range of transducers is available

Typical applications

  • Marine and fresh-water research
  • Portable setup
  • Mobile surveys from small boats in lakes
  • Fixed location (for example counting fish in reverse)
  • Monitoring fish passage at hydropower dams
  • Habitat mapping
  • Plankton studies

The EK80 Portable is contained in a splash-proof cabinet. It is easy to handle and quick to deploy in challenging environments.

The system is built around the WBT Mini transceiver. It uses the EK80 software on an integrated computer with a built-in GPS. The EK80 Portable can be used with a remote desktop through WiFi. Your handheld device can control it, or you can use any laptop on the WiFi network. As a backup, a small touch-screen is built into the solution.

The Wide Band Transceiver requires an external power supply offering 12 to 15 Vdc, minimum 5 A. A large-capacity battery can also power the transceiver. A  suitable power supply is provided with the delivery.

RAW echo sounder data are recorded to the integrated SSD disk or USB flash drive easily connected to the front panel.

The system is compatible with any Simrad echo sounder transducer. A selection of EK80 licenses is available based on the requested frequency band.

Services and support

  • 24/7 Technical support

    Our 24/7 technical support team is there to help at any time, day or night, wherever your vessel is.

  • Conversions, retrofit and refit

    We understand the importance of having the right parts, available in the right place, at the right time.

  • Training

    Ensure that your crew is properly and thoroughly trained. This will reduce operational risk, downtime and maximise return on asset investment.

How can I help you?

Tonny Algrøy
Director Sales Ocean Science