Based in Bellevue, Washington, Sound Metrics designs and manufactures imaging sonars that deliver the clearest, most detailed video images in their class. The company’s line of products can be deployed from vessels, ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) and by divers.

In 1999, the U.S. Navy asked engineers at the Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, to develop a tool capable of identifying swimming intruders in cloudy or dark water. With very detailed image quality and fast frame rates, the imaging sonar the researchers created delivered near video-like data, enough to capture the behavior of highly dynamic objects. Requests for other applications soon followed and in 2002 the research team founded Sound Metrics.

Now more industries worldwide requiring optimal clarity underwater rely on Sound Metrics, including military, oil & gas, underwater construction, law enforcement and more. From the most remote reaches of Tierra del Fuego to the depths of the North Sea, Sound Metrics sonars are the choice when failure isn’t an option.


Law Enforcement

  • Comando Provinciale Vigili del Fuoco di Firenzie (Italy)
  • Houston Police Department (USA)
  • Seattle Police Department (USA)
  • FBI


  • University of Minas Gerais in Brazil
  • Hiroshima University
  • National University of Ireland

Fisheries Management

  • Finnish Game & Fisheries Research Institute
  • US Fish & Wildlife
  • Alaska Department of Fish & Game
  • NOAA


  • German Armed Forces
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Navy
  • Polish Military Institute


Military Technology Manufacturers

  • Lockheed Martin
  • Bluefin Robotics
  • Raytheon

Oil & Gas (and their contractors)

  • Seatronics Inc.
  • Transocean
  • Shell Oil
  • Oceaneering


  • Duke Energy
  • Kinectrics
  • Verdant Power

ROV & AUV Manufacturers

  • Hydroid Inc.
  • G.S.E. Trieste SRL
  • Bluefin Robotics Corp.


  • Department of Homeland Security

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