Aquabotix is pleased to welcome our newest distributor Saderet Ltd., a leading independent marine survey equipment specialist. Based in the UK, Saderet specializes in the supply of survey and positioning equipment and services to a wide variety of markets including marine and land survey, oceanography, precision agriculture, GIS data collection, vehicle telematics and OEM. Presenting some of the best manufacturers of survey related equipment in the world, they deliver products worldwide.
Aqua Nor 2017 took place last week in Trondheim, Norway, a country at the heart of finfish aquaculture technology. Aqua Nor has been an international meeting place for aquaculture professionals since 1979, and holds the title of the world’s largest aquaculture technology exhibition. Aqua Nor 2017 was the biggest show yet, with a record breaking 27,000 visitors in attendance from 71 countries as well as over 600 exhibitors spread across nine buildings filled with educational seminars, socials and exhibit halls. Aquabotix CEO, Durval Tavares was in attendance, and we’re pleased to announce that an Endura 100 AQ Remotely Operated Vehicle was on display this year at the event.
One of the major themes emerging from Aqua Nor 2017 was the desire for fish farms to access the IoT (Internet of Things), also known as “Remote Farming”. Equipment which was once analog, such as fish feeders and underwater camera systems and underwater probes are beginning to connect to the internet in a meaningful way. In Norway, aquaculture operations often have multiple sites stretching up and down the coastline; and managing multiple sites from a central location means an increased desire for internet connected systems. Norweigan company SBS Teknikk specializes in connecting fish farms with smart technology solutions such as Aquabotix’s Endura 100 AQ ROV, and AquaLens Connect Underwater Camera System, providing farms with a live underwater view from multiple locations simultaneously.
To learn more about Aqua Nor, visit them here. To learn more about SBS Teknikk, visit them here.
Aquabotix Technology Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Ted Curley to the position of Chief Development Officer ("CDO"). Mr. Curley will be based in the Massachusetts office and his duties include overseeing all facets of the sales and business development functions.
Mr. Curley is a top producing sales and marketing leader in the unmanned underwater industry, with over 25 years sales experience. Most recently Mr. Curley was Director of Sales - Vehicles at Teledyne Marine, a division of Teledyne Technologies, Inc. ("Teledyne"). Teledyne is an American Industrial conglomerate, primarily based in the United States but with global operations, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of approximately US$5.35 billion. Mr. Curley's responsibilities at the approximately US$50 million Marine Division included leading the direct sales team, establishing and maintaining the global distributor network, business development, marketing and sales strategy, and negotiating high value contracts with commercial and governmental agencies. Previously, he served as Regional Sales Manager at Teledyne TSS Ltd (UK) and Sales and Marketing Manager at EPC Laboratories, Inc.
Mr. Curley qualified with a BA in Communications from the UNiversity of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
Peter James, UUV Aquabotix's Chairman, commented "Mr. Curley's appointment provides further validation of Aquabotix's growing presence in the BlueTech space. Ted's experience will fast-track the Company's expansion into new sectors and regions, primarily through a refreshed distribution network."
The Center for Marine Robotics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently held their 3rd Annual Entrepreneurs Showcase & Leadership Forum from July 20-21, 2017 on the Quissett Campus overlooking Martha’s Vineyard and the Nantucket Sound. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a global leader in ocean research, exploration and education – and the Center for Marine Robotics is the group at WHOI responsible for revolutionizing ocean robotics.
The Entrepreneurs Showcase & Leadership forum kicked off with the formal opening of Dunkworks, a marine robotics maker space which pays homage to Skunk Works, the experimental design laboratory operated by Lockheed Martin which brought us such aircraft as the U-2, Blackbird and F-22 Raptor. Dunkworks provides a wide range of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping equipment to quickly test and iterate new marine robotics products. Woods Hole wants to make sure that all marine robotics innovators have access to the tools they need to bring their ideas to life.
Next up was the Entrepreneurs Showcase, a collection of marine robotics companies and products on display is the LOSOS Highbay building. Aquabotix showcased our Endura ROV and AquaLens Connect Underwater Camera System alongside many other leaders in the marine robotics space. The showcase provided guests and exhibitors a unique opportunity to speak with other experts in the marine robotics field. The showcase concluded with a networking social and lively conversation on the future of marine robotics.
Day two focused solely on the Leadership Forum, which saw an introduction from WHOI Marine Robotics Director Dr. Jim Bellingham, followed by session speakers and discussion panels on the Emerging Defense Market, Flash Talks, Future Markets and Start-Up Funding. Key trends heard throughout the day included the notion that marine robotics is still rapidly evolving; vehicles are becoming smaller, smarter, more reliable, and less expensive. Underwater vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies are still in development, and that the future of unmanned systems includes swarms of networked vehicles blanketing the ocean.
The Center for Marine Robotics put on a great event, and once again has demonstrated their commitment as leaders in marine robotics. Thanks to all of the staff involved in the Entrepreneur’s Showcase & Leadership Forum.
Photo credit: WHOI CMR