Watch this video for a brief look at how to deploy and retrieve the Aquabotix Endura. For further information on this and other underwater vehicles, please contact Aquabotix at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 508 676 1000.
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UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix" or the “Company”) today introduced its second-generation hybrid underwater vehicle, the Integra AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle). Single-person deployable, portable and lithium ion battery-powered, the Integra AUV/ROV allows users to conduct multiple underwater missions, while providing a cost-efficient alternative to deploying separate AUVs and ROVs for individualized tasks.
The Integra AUV/ROV can be configured with multiple sensors and maneuvered by an easy-to-use intuitive platform accessible from any web-enabled device. The vehicle is designed for use across several sectors, including law enforcement, research, environmental assessment, defense and infrastructure, and can search wide areas using AUV mode (untethered) while conducting detailed inspections using ROV mode (tethered). Users can easily switch from AUV mode to ROV mode by attaching the tether to remotely control the vehicle’s six degrees of freedom of motion. When running the vehicle in autonomous operation, all mission planning is completed in an intuitive Windows-based application.
“With the Integra Hybrid AUV/ROV, we have added more functionality to a single vehicle,” said David Batista, CEO of Aquabotix. “Because this vehicle has the brain power to conduct autonomous missions as well as detailed inspections in a single setting, operators have immediate and complete control. The introduction of the Integra AUV/ROV is the next step in the evolution of underwater vehicles and illustrates how Aquabotix continues to successfully meet the demands of underwater exploration and inspection.”
Other features of the Integra AUV/ROV include:
“Our second-generation hybrid, the Integra, leverages the strongest innovative capabilities of both types of underwater vehicles. Yet in utilizing our hybrid digital platform, users no longer need two vehicles to explore and conduct tasks underwater. Now, they can activate AUV mode for broad range searches, while switching to ROV capabilities for more in-depth analysis of underwater conditions,” said Durval Tavares, Chief Technology Officer of Aquabotix. “Simply put, the Integra AUV/ROV is a force multiplier for our customers.”
Aquabotix recently announced its new Live Remove Control product feature, which customers can use to pilot underwater vehicles, store, analyze and share data, from any web browser-enabled device, remotely, from anywhere in the world. Aquabotix’s entire family of products, including the Integra, are now equipped with this class leading functionality.
To watch the Integra AUV/ROV in action, please visit:
Aquabotix is pleased to welcome Hydro Systems Development, Inc. to our distributor network. Based in Japan, Hydro Systems Development develops and integrates underwater sensing systems for both the marine and in-land water sectors. The company also supports national hydrographic/oceanographic institutes, universities, governmental authorities and other private companies as customers.
UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix" or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of David Batista as Chief Executive Officer. The Company’s current CEO and founder, Durval Tavares, will assume the role of Chief Technology Officer.
“The underwater drone market is growing rapidly and, thanks to Durval’s leadership, Aquabotix has emerged as a formidable competitor,” said Batista, an experienced business leader in the small-cap listed space. “I look forward to working closely with Durval to continue expanding Aquabotix’s technology and capabilities and positioning Aquabotix as an unsurpassed leader in underwater robotics.”
In his new role as Chief Technology Officer, Tavares will lead development of the company’s underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) and Hybrid AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle) technology, with a particular focus on application in high-demand verticals such as military, security and law enforcement, aquaculture and marine construction and maintenance.
“When I founded Aquabotix six years ago, my goal was to develop and build leading-class technology designed to change how we view the underwater world,” said Tavares. “This remains my goal to this day. I look forward to devoting my time to leading the development of our new technologies and working with David to bring several new innovations to market in the near future. David’s market expertise makes him the perfect choice to help make the company scalable for growth.”
Batista is the former Senior Managing Director of independent financial services firm Viriathus Holdings LLC. He has more than 20 years of experience working with small-cap listed companies, both in the U.S. and Australia. While at Viriathus Holdings, Batista closed more than 40 investment and M&A transactions for domestic and international clients, in addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the firm. Batista previously held roles with HPC Capital Management Corp., SoundView Technology Group and Lehman Brothers Inc. A graduate of C.W. Post College, Batista also has several post-graduate qualifications from The New York Institute of Finance.
UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the addition of W.S. Darley & Co. (Darley), a 100-year-old designer, manufacturer and distributor of firefighting, defense and emergency services equipment, as a distributor for Aquabotix in the United States. Through this partnership, Aquabotix will work closely with Darley Defense, a specialty division of Darley that markets new and existing products to the U.S. Department of Defense, to provide its underwater vehicles and camera systems to the U.S. Navy.
“Darley is a first-class company with a track record of dedication, excellence and success,” said Ted Curley, Chief Development Officer of Aquabotix. “They will be an important partner in support of our growing U.S. Navy business with our Endura ROVs and new Hybrid AUV/ROV.”
Aquabotix’s portable and easy to launch Hybrid AUV/ROV (autonomous/remote vehicle) and Endura ROV (remotely operated vehicle) are designed to aid the navies of the world by identifying and addressing increased underwater threats. These threats often occur in hazardous environments that are difficult and dangerous for divers.
“Aquabotix continues to partner with best in class distributors, including Darley, to help achieve our sales goals and increase our presence in the U.S.,” said Durval Tavares, CEO of Aquabotix. “With the addition of Darley to our roster, along with other key distributors, we look forward to reaching a wider range of users and suppliers across multiple sectors, while ensuring our underwater products and vehicles meet our customers’ needs.”
Darley Defense has executed large federal contracts dating back to pre-World War II and is a contract vendor in Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) Tailored Logistics Support (TLS) Programs for both fire and emergency services equipment and special operational equipment. The TLS Programs allow authorized government agency customers to quickly and easily allocate funds to procure mission-critical equipment and services. Darley is a supplier and contractor to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard, and is a GSA Schedule (GSA Advantage) prime supplier.
Darley joins several recent distributors to Aquabotix’s global network, including Sadaret Ltd., Seafloor Systems, Deekay Marine Services and A2 Marine Solution.
Commercial Diving is the act of sending professional divers underwater to accomplish extremely skilled and sometimes dangerous work. Commercial Divers can be seen offshore, often working for the oil & gas industry, performing underwater inspections, cleaning, repairing and even welding underwater.
Commercial Diving is critical to the construction, inspection and maintenance of our underwater infrastructure, from boats, bridges, oil rigs, pipelines, and dams. Commercial Divers provide the means for manned underwater intervention. But what happens when the situation poses a significant safety risk? Inspection-class Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) can be used for unmanned intervention, performing many of the same tasks as a diver while reducing risk.
While professional divers will never be replaced due to their unique skills, certifications, and human ingenuity, commercial dive companies which utilize ROVs have a leg up on the competition by offering an extended line of services at a lower price point to meet the needs of a larger customer base. Services including:
The first step in understanding a problem underwater is to survey the situation. For this, an inspection class ROV provides a quick way to get a live video feed underwater, operate continuously, and record video and sonar data of the mission for further analysis.
Remotely Operated Vehicles are routinely equipped with a variety of underwater instruments to collect samples and data in real time. ROV attachments include grabber arms, water and sediment samplers, water quality probes, non-destructive metal thickness gauges, sonar, GPS positioning systems, depth and temperature gauges, and a host of other instruments, all designed to collect the right information in
the right place.
Depending on the size of the ROV, advanced instruments and tooling can be added to accomplish heavy tasks, from salvage to repair. Work-class ROVs often include robotic manipulator arms, tool trays, stabilized thrust and large payload capacity. For deep dives, dangerous locations, and extended operation, ROVs can do a variety of tasks safely.
Whenever your underwater mission calls for inspection, especially in challenging conditions, consider using an ROV to complete the task or to aid divers with preliminary inspection to keep them safe.
UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix" or the “Company”) today introduced Live Remote Control, which allows users to pilot Aquabotix’s underwater vehicles and cameras from any web browser-enabled device, remotely, from anywhere in the world. This class-leading technology has applications for any business, research centre, security force of defence unit with a multi-site presence in the underwater world.
Live Remote Control enables users to operate Aquabotix’s Endura ROV (remotely operated vehicle), Hybrid AUV/ROV (autonomous/remotely operated vehicle) and AquaLens Connect (networked underwater camera system) during underwater activities from any location globally, using browser-based devices such as computers, phones and iPads, over the Internet, without the operator being physically present on-site.
Below is an artist’s rendering of Live Remote Control’s applicability to the aquaculture sector. For example, the operator could be sitting in the head-office in Norway, and controlling an Endura in a fish net at an aquaculture farm off the coast of Chile, thousands of miles away.
Importantly, Live Remote Control also enables multiple operators (in multiple global locations, if needed) to operate the same unmanned underwater vehicle.
Live Remote Control is designed to expand the virtual presence of Aquabotix’s product users, allowing them to better monitor what’s happening at all times, while sharing data across multiple sites. The web-driven innovation also reduces the need for increased or expensive on-site manpower for underwater operations.
This method of operation is conceptually somewhat similar to how the world’s technologically most advanced militaries have, for years, operated battlefield aerial drones from safe locations outside of the theatre of war.
“With Live Remote Control, any browser-based modern device can now interact with our system,” said Durval Tavares, CEO of Aquabotix. “Having our customers operate unmanned systems underwater in a live, immediate fashion, from anywhere in the world, is a game-changer for the underwater robotics industry. Advances in underwater unmanned systems typically lag those in the aerial domain by several years. Aquabotix is proud that the smart computing power of its vehicles enables the company to achieve innovations like these, which are at the forefront of advances in the industry.”
“Driving an underwater vehicle through a web browser previously seemed impossible,” said Ted Curley, Chief Development Officer of Aquabotix. “Live Remote Control now changes the timeline for how underwater processes can be accomplished both on land and under the sea.”
The world’s oceans are the last frontier for discovery on Earth. They have gone largely unexplored throughout history not for lack of curiosity, but due to their vast size and crushing depths. Pioneering work done by ocean explorers, marine researchers, archaeologists and oceanographers over the last few decades have brought us much closer to understanding what lies beneath the ocean, but there is much left to discover. Marine research is one area of ocean exploration which has driven the development of underwater viewing devices, from bathyspheres in the 1930’s to Human Occupied Vehicles (HOVs) such as Woods Hole’s Alvin commissioned in the 1960’s, to today’s most modern Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) such as Woods Hole’s Nereus, which reached a depth of over 35,000 feet in the Mariana Trench in 2009. In each case, the goal has been to go deeper and capture more photos and video of the unknown depths. The dangers of deep water exploration have led most researchers to rely on remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) which allow explorers to do their work from the safety of the surface. Included below are three amazing discoveries made by marine researchers using underwater technology.
1. Discovery of Deep Sea Hydrothermal Vents
(photo credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
In 1977 Richard Von Herzen and Robert Ballard of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution discovered hydrothermal vents for the first time during an expedition to explore the Galapagos Rift. The team was measuring deep ocean temperatures by towing a research sled deep under water, and when the temperature reading spiked, they hadn’t just discovered the existence of hydrothermal vents, but to their surprise, they found a vast ecosystem of deep sea animals living around the vents. Like a deep sea oasis in the middle of a deep, dark desert, the hydrothermal vents provided a constant source of hydrogen sulfide, ejected from the earth’s crust through fissures and used by industrious bacteria to create energy by means of chemosythesis. By contrast, most life on earth gets its energy by means of photosynthesis.
2. Discovery of Bone-eating (Osedax) Worms
(Photo credit: Monterey Bay Research Institute)
In 2002 the Monterey Bay Research Institute discovered a new genus of deep-sea worms, dubbed “Zombie Worms” located in the Monterey Canyon. Osedax worms were found colonizing whale falls, the carcasses of dead whales which have settled to the deep ocean floor to decompose. Osedax worms embed themselves in whale bones and bore holes by secreting acid to reach nutrients within the bones. Osedax lack a mouth and a stomach, and completely rely on symbiotic bacteria to extract nutrients from the whale bones. Whale falls are an uncommon occurrence on the ocean floor, but for the most opportunistic and prolific microscopic life, no opportunity is left unused.
3. Discovery of Ghostlike Octopod
(Photo Credit: NOAA)
In 2016 the NOAA Okeanos Explorer discovered what is thought to be a new species of octopod which resembles a ghost, with a translucent white body and stubby arms. The photos and videos of this discovery are just one of dozens captured during the Hohonu Moana Hawaii Deep Water Expedition. Missions such as this create so much data that marine biologists will be analyzing them for years for new discoveries. What’s most exciting is that modern oceanic exploration has become a group activity, by utilizing telepresence and live streaming, experts and the public can drop in on underwater discoveries while they are happening, paving the way for the next generation of explorers to get involved and make a difference.
Each of these three underwater research missions relied on deep sea exploration technology, specifically, ROVs equipped with cameras. Modern day marine researchers have the tools to dive deep and capture stunning images of what lies on the ocean floor. With every new mission comes a chance for new underwater discoveries.
Hydroelectric dams are impressive in both size and scale. Some of the tallest dams stretch over 300 meters tall and the longest dams span nearly 4 miles wide. The single largest reservoir in the world holds 180 cubic kilometers of water, which is roughly 47 trillion gallons, enough to provide the entire United States with water for nearly five months! It’s no wonder that hydro power accounts for 20% of the world’s energy. With such large structures comes a serious need for underwater inspections and preventative maintenance. Inspection class Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) offer a great deal of support for routine dam inspections, including inspecting Face of Dam, Heel and Toe of Dam, Water Intakes, Trash Racks, Penstocks, Turbines, and Lower Outlets.
nDams provide a set of unique challenges for inspection. It’s a dangerous environment, with deep water, fast moving water, turbid outflows, turbines and other entanglements. It’s extremely dangerous and sometimes impossible for divers to inspect these areas while the dam is operational. Only ROVs with the most hydrodynamic design and highest levels of thrust can overcome the demands of dam inspections. Typically, an AC power system is required to keep the vehicle in continuous operation for long shifts or for heavy thruster use to counteract the current, which would otherwise deplete a DC battery system.
ROVs come equipped with a variety of sensors which are extremely helpful for dam inspections. Features such as HD Cameras, High Intensity LED Lights, Sonar, Laser Scaler, Thickness Gauge and Grabber Arm are used heavily. The Camera paired with LED Lights are used for visual inspection and documentation, and are especially useful in deep, dark waters along the bottom of the dam. Sonar is a critical tool for successful navigation in very turbid water where water clarity is minimal. A Laser Scaler emits two lasers at a fixed width, acting like a measuring stick, allowing for accurate measurement of objects by simply looking at them with an ROV. A Non-destructive thickness gauge is used to check the integrity of coatings and measuring corrosion. And a grabber arm can be used to clean trash racks of debris, or to retrieve foreign objects from the water around a dam.
By utilizing inspection class ROVs for dam inspections it eliminates the risk to divers, reduces the down time of dam operations, provides the ability to increase the frequency of inspections and perform preventative maintenance faster while reducing the per-inspection cost.