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Britain's platform for innovative marine technology development

Smart Sound Plymouth is Britain’s premier proving area for designing, testing and developing cutting edge products and services for the marine sector, and is ideally suited for building and supporting the next generation of advanced marine technologies.

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Providing access to a unique combination of:
  • State-of-the-art offshore and onshore facilities
  • Some of the world's foremost marine science and technology organizations
  • Nearly a 1,000 sq. kilometres of authorised, de-conflicted water space
  • Funded support for eligible businesses

The area’s impressive variety of water depth, sea states and weather conditions is perfectly suited for conducting sea trials, including sub-surface trials with access to offshore water depths of 75m, providing the ideal environment for multiplatform mission operations.

Co-ordinated through the Marine Business Technology Centre, Smart Sound Plymouth is a partnership between five organizations boasting considerable expertise in autonomous systems, environmental sensor technologies, alternative propulsion, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.

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News highlights

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Vodafone, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Marine Laboratory announce use cases for world’s first 5G marine-focused testbed

News  |  24 March 2022

  • The Smart Sound Connect Marine 5G Mobile Private Network, deployed by Vodafone and operated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), is to be the world’s first 5G marine-focussed testbed, cementing Plymouth’s...

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Back from the edge: AutoNaut returns from 115 day North Atlantic mission

News  |  02 December 2021

A 5m zero-carbon uncrewed boat was welcomed to Penzance on Sunday 28 November after 115 days at sea in the Atlantic, where it has spent time at the edge of the continental shelf gathering scientific data on the surface currents that govern Europe&...

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Smart Sound Plymouth provides access to world-renowned, award-winning marine science and technology expertise. Offshore testing is complemented by onshore facilities, including state-of-the-art laboratories and testing environments for small to large items of equipment.

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Access to collaborate with leading industrial and academic partners specialising in the delivery of innovative marine autonomous solutions, such as: surface and sub-surface autonomous systems, advanced manufacturing, smart ports and cyber security.