The SAA Field Power Unit (SAAFPU) is a portable, rugged, all-in-one power and communication device designed specifically for manual data collection in field.

The SAA Field Power Unit (SAAFPU) is a portable, rugged, power and communication (interface) device designed for manual data collection in the field. Everything needed for the field is enclosed within a lightweight, water-resistant case. SAAFPU contains a rechargeable 12V 7Ah battery, 5-pin and 4-pin communication ports, a bluetooth adapter set for wireless data transmission, and a shoulder strap for additional portability. An auxiliary 4-pin terminal block can be used to power other equipment such as a radio modem or voltmeter.

The SAAFPU is designed to meet ShapeArray’s unique power requirements. ShapeArrays often contain hundreds of sensors. A high quality DC to DC converter that boosts and regulates voltage to a constant 13.5V. Output voltage can be boosted up to 16.5V for long ShapeArrays and cables. To recharge the battery, plug the unit into a standard power outlet.

The SAAFPU connects to any ShapeArray model via USB cable or wirelessly up to 100 m via pair of wireless adapters included in the box. A USB port driver is required to operate the SAAFPU and is included in the downloadable SAARecorder application via SAASuite.

Related products: ShapeArray, SAASPD

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  • 1993

    The Beginning

    Measurand is established in Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • 1994

    Bend sensor development

    Measurand develops and patents fiber optic bend and position sensors for the medical and automotive sectors

    U.S. Patent 5,321,257

  • 1995

    Canadian Space Agency

    Receives funding from the CSA to develop sensor technology that ultimately leads to invention of ShapeTape

    U.S. Patent 5,633,494

  • 1999

    Patent on fiber optic sensor

    Measurand receives patent for "Fiber Optic Bending and Positioning Sensor" issued June 29, 1999

    Canadian Patent 2,073,162

  • 2001

    ShapeTape & ShapeHand debut

    Measurand designs and develops innovative motion capture technology

    U.S. Patent 6,127,672, 6,563,107

  • 2002

    Measurand Attends the ICPMG

    First contact with the geotechnical sector at the International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (ICPMG)
  • 2004

    ShapeArray

    Design patent application sent about a new product designed to meet the specific needs of the geotechnical industry

    U.S. Patent 6,127,672, 6,563,107

  • 2005-08

    ShapeWrap

    Measurand debuts ShapeWrap motion capture technology for the film and animation industry

    U.S. Patent 7,296,363

  • 2006

    Malibu installation

    ShapeAccelArray installed for ground monitoring for the first time‚Äč in Malibu, CA

    Canadian Patent 2,472,421

  • 2007

    ShapeMRI

    Suite of instrumentation developed for motion capture within Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines

    U.S. Patent 7,296,363

  • 2011

    SAAScan launched

    Built for rapid deployment and repeated use

    Canadian Patent 2,472,421

  • 2014

    SAAX launched

    Purpose-built for heavy-duty horizontal installation

    Canadian application 2,815,199 & 2,815,195

  • 2017

    SAAV launched

    The only geotechnical instrument with a patented cyclical installation method

    Cyclical Sensor Array, Canadian application 2,815,199 & 2,911,175