Hey guys! You know, this post had to be an ordinary case study, but the way this user utilized our software impressed us so much, that we decided to devote a little bit more attention to this case.
Several weeks ago we were contacted by Bath University Racing Submarine Team. These guys were looking for software which would help them create virtual serial ports and connect them, and have Googled Virtual Serial Port Driver.
“We will be using your product to communicate between the commercial software that runs our multibeam sonar, which is designed to receive NMEA GPS & compass data over a serial port, and new Labview software the students have developed to control the submarine. Both need to use the same serial port information simultaneously, and so your port duplicator will allow the control software to capture the navigation information and feed it right out to the sonar software for display to the pilot during the race.”
“The benefit of the solution is that the students will be able to focus on the mechanics of the submarine and the fluid dynamics around it to develop their control solution, rather than spend hours developing workarounds to deal with the monopolisation of the COM port by the sonar software.”
We are pleased that Virtual Serial Port Driver was a part of a cohesive team and (we hope) helped Bath University Racing Submarine Team to sail well at submarine races at Vobster Quay Diving Centre.
“The team did quite well in the end, despite a series of setbacks that started with US Customs. The Minerva’s top speed of 3.3 kts was good enough for the middle of the twenty-boat pack – official results haven’t been released yet, but somewhere between 8th and 10th overall. Really not bad considering the budget differentials – there were some beautiful boats on the race course this year! We can claim to have been the fastest international boat (i.e. non-Canadian/American), and clinched third place in the unofficial women’s division.
The competition isn’t all about speed, however – there are several awards for innovation and design – and we collected one of those: for Best Use of Composites!
All in all, a result we can be happy with. Lots of room for improvement, but there always is… The important bit is that the students now have a real appreciation for systems engineering, and what’s involved in bringing a stack of ideas from concept to finish line.”
We want to thank members of Bath University Racing Submarine Team for their interest in Virtual Serial Port Driver and for the possibility to participate (even not being there personally) in submarine races – this was a new and interesting experience for us.