UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix" or the “Company”) today announced the addition of four new distributors to its global network. The partnerships will help support the company’s global expansion and sale of its underwater robotics products, including its Endura ROV (remotely operated vehicle), Hybrid AUV/ROV (autonomous remote vehicle) and AquaLens Connect underwater camera system. To date, Aquabotix has sold more than 350 vehicles in more than 40 countries.
“We understand the importance of growing our channels to sell through our partnerships with our distributors,” said Ted Curley, chief development officer at Aquabotix and a former Teledyne executive instrumental in securing the new distributors. “The representatives we are partnering with are among the most experienced professionals in the industry and service our primary markets, including oceanography, aquaculture, survey, defense and security.”
Aquabotix’s latest distributors include:
“As the underwater robotics market continues to grow and we continue to expand our global presence, we are always looking for reliable distributors with whom we can partner,” said Durval Tavares, CEO of Aquabotix. “Thanks to these recent additions to our network, we are now in a prime position to reach a wider range of users and suppliers and dramatically increase the distribution of our vehicles worldwide.”
Aquabotix is pleased to welcome another distributor, Deekay Marine Services Pvt. Ltd., to our global network. Established in 1981, Deekay Marine Services is involved in various marine sectors such as Hydrography, Oceanography, Surveillance Systems, Coastal Security Systems, Engineering and Marine Surveying Services. Deekay Marine Services is based in India with a service center in Mumbai.
Environmental research is a vital practice for ensuring our lakes, streams and oceans remain clean and healthy. Collecting water samples in the field is often one of the best ways to monitor water quality. Researchers commonly test for the presence of harmful bacteria, algae blooms, dissolved metals, and agricultural and well as industrial pollutants. Man-made substances such pharmaceuticals and micro plastics also appear in water samples, and the first step in understanding their environmental impact is understanding where they are coming from.
Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) as well as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) provide the means to efficiently and accurately capture a series of water samples, along a pre-determined route, at specific GPS coordinates, and even at specific depths. The concentrations of target substances can then be mapped, analyzed over time, and traced back to their source. As with any scientific study, the conclusion is only as good as the data, and ROVs equipped with water samplers give the accuracy and repeatability that are necessary.
How a Water Sampler Works:
Water samplers are simple. They consist of one or more tubular chambers which are open on both ends to allow water to flow freely through it. When the operator triggers the mechanism, the tube is sealed on both ends by a rubber stopper which snaps into place, forming a water-tight chamber. Good water samplers contain multiple chambers, which can be cycled into position and activated, like the chambers of a revolver. By triggering multiple samples at known coordinates or known depths, the water quality data is easier to plot and analyze. ROV’s take the guess work out of this process by providing the depth, heading, and GPS location of each sample as it’s triggered. Through a suite of other on-board sensors, ROVs can simultaneously collect information about water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and many other parameters which give a well-rounded set of data points to connect to each water sample.
Aquabotix is pleased to welcome Seafloor Systems, Inc. to our distributor network. With over 20 years experience in the Hydrographic community, Seafloor specializes in integrated hydrographic survey solutions. Their expertise in in complete turnkey, integrated Multibeam and Single Beam solutions.
Aquabotix is pleased to welcome our newest distributor, A2 Marine Solution. Based in Brazil, A2 Marine has more than 15 years of experience, focused on solutions and equipment supply for the hydrography applications, bathymetric surveys and precise positioning.