Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to common questions below. Don't see what you need? Ask a question and we'll add it!

SIMB3 is used to measure ice thickness, growth, melt, and snow accumulation of floating ice anywhere in the world. SIMB3s have been used for Arctic and Antarctic sea ice research, for ice-road monitoring, and for community monitoring of nearshore landfast ice. For more details, check out our article Evaluating SIMB3 for your project.

The cost of an SIMB3 varies depending on what instruments are needed, where the SIMB3 needs to be shipped, and what transmission interval is necessary. To get a quote, reach out to us here. We'll get back to you within 24 hours!

The short answer is, no. To ensure the highest reliability, SIMB3s are built with a sealed alkaline battery that is not replaceable or rechargeable. We are currently developing a replaceable battery version, however. If you're interested in this, let us know!

SIMB3s have been deployed all over the world. While most deployments have been in high Arctic sea ice, SIMB3s have also been deployed in Canadian landfast ice, freshwater ponds, and Antarctic sea ice.

Up to about 1.5 years. However, battery life depends on where the SIMB3 is deployed, the instrument payload, and whether the buoy has been deployed before.

The best way to initiate the purchase of an SIMB3 is by filling out our contact form. We'll then get back to you with quote.

Basically anywhere! We designed SIMB3 and its packaging so that it can be shipped worldwide with standard (non-oversized and non-hazerdous) shipping. We've successfully shipped SIMB3s around the world in less than a week, and frequently ship SIMB3s to Alaska and Northern Canada in 3-4 days.

No. SIMB3 does not use lithium batteries. This is done to prevent the need for hazardous shipping.

The standard SIMB3 weighs 34 kg (75 lbs). When packaged for shipping, the total weight becomes 57 kg (125 lbs). For more details on the size, shape, and weight of SIMB3, see our SIMB3 Technical Specifications page.

By you! We are entirely funded by the sales of our products and services and have accepted no external capital at this point.

It typically takes 2-3 months for us to prepare your SIMB3 and have it shipped to you. The amount of time varies with the quantity ordered, the time of year, and the location that we are shipping to. If you're working on an expedited timeline, let us know ASAP and we'll work with you to the best of our ability.

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