The winch is operated by a dedicated software package: the Smartwinch software. This software enables the selection of the sensor type and type of measurement (single deployment, fully automated time series, or constant height management for towed devices). The Smartwinch control menu can be used to operate the winch. The main buttons are Up, down and stop. Also there is an option to enter the automated mode (for time series or tow-fish control). In this mode the software will control the winch depending on the sensor output. In the winch data display all relevant winch data can be observed, such as cable out, end stop, slack cable, and also all available probe data the system can use to control the winch. The single probe control settings and tow fish control settings enable user to make all settings for automated operation.