In December 2017, graduate students from the Dept. of Ocean Engineering at the Graduate School of Oceanography - University of Rhode Island, in collaboration with the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) of Marion MA , deployed an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) in the Cape Cod Canal. The instrument is doing a high resolution study on the currents at the MRECo Bourne Tidal Test Site adjacent to the Train Bridge. An Aquabotix Endura 100 was deployed from shore to confirm the position of the ADCP on the bottom of the Canal in the vicinity of the Tidal Test Platform.
Bourne Tidal Test Site Manager C. Eben Franks said: “Aquabotix has been a true world-leader in support of research and educational programs. Their ROVs are lightweight, easy to deploy, simple to operate and have had a real impact on our ability to document conditions at our test site.” Executive Director of MRECo, John Miller, added: “We looked into other alternatives and found that Aquabotix had the best solution for our needs.”
Police and law enforcement authorities at the local, state and national level are regularly called upon to enter the underwater world to do their jobs. Underwater search & rescue, recovery and investigations are time sensitive operations often performed in extremely challenging conditions. In emergency situations, the first ones to enter the water are Public Safety Divers (PSDs), which include police, sheriffs, fire rescue, and specially trained Search and Rescue (SAR) dive teams. From under ice search and recovery performed at night on thin ice to criminal forensics evidence retrieval in polluted or fast-moving water to port security hull inspections in busy waterways – there are many conditions which are too dangerous for public safety divers to enter the water. In cases such as these, an inspection class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is the preferred tool to quickly and safely complete the task.
Important Features for Security and Law Enforcement ROVs:
When planning underwater missions for security, law enforcement, and recovery, key features which are required for an ROV to perform under demanding conditions include:
HD pan & tilt camera: When performing visual inspections, HD video and images help you see the underwater world in greater detail, allowing authorities to discover, positively identify, and record HD video and images of mission targets:
High intensity LED lights:
Underwater search and recovery missions are extremely time sensitive. When operating at night, and when diving deep, high powered LED lights are needed to illuminate the underwater world to continue the search.
Sonar: Lakes, streams, ponds, oceans – each body of water can have limited visibility due to particles in the water, dissolved organic matter, as well as temperature and salinity gradients. When visibility is low, an underwater camera becomes significantly less effective than sonar, which provides an accurate picture of the ocean floor using only sound – targets can be located without being seen directly:
Grabber arm: When an underwater target is positively identified, such as forensics evidence, a grabber arm is deployed from the front of an ROV to securely grip the object for retrieval at the surface:
GPS Location: When a search is conducted, it’s important to keep search vehicles within a search grid, or focused at a last known location. On-board GPS allows an ROV to accurately report its location. When points of interest are identified, those surface locations are recorded.
Powerful thrust: Operating in fast moving water such as rivers, tidal channels and open ocean currents can quickly tire divers, Only the most powerful ROVs can provide enough thrust to operate effectively in moving water.
On-board battery power: When deploying search missions in remote areas, it’s important to consider how much equipment needs to be hauled in to get started. ROVs with on-board battery power operate independently of a topside power source and can be deployed in the most remote areas.
Temperature rating: Coastal water temperatures can often approach freezing during the winter months. For prolonged dives, even the best dry suit becomes ineffective and will severely limit search times. ROVs with operating temperature ranges Down to -10° Celsius/14° Fahrenheit allow vehicles to operate under the ice all winter long.
Deployment speed: During Search and Recovery, time is of the essence. ROV systems must be quickly deployed in just a few minutes in order to be effective.
Video recording & cloud storage: ROVs can record all aspects of a mission, most importantly, video, images and sonar. Recording these files can prove invaluable when used as direct evidence, and for future mission training.
No matter the mission, when security and law enforcement officers enter the underwater world, they are placed at a significant disadvantage. ROVs designed for police and law enforcement use help tip the scales back in favor of the mission. When piloted by an experienced operator, ROVs can help to speed up missions while reducing risk to divers.
UUV Aquabotix Ltd (“Aquabotix" or the “Company”) recently announced the addition of five new distributors to its global network. These partnerships will help support the company’s global expansion and sale of its underwater robotics products, including its Endura ROV (remotely operated vehicle), Integra AUV/ROV (autonomous underwater vehicle/remotely operated vehicle) and AquaLens Connect underwater camera system. To date, Aquabotix has sold more than 400 vehicles in nearly 60 countries worldwide.
“Our new distributors bring unique industry expertise to our business, and knowledge about many of our primary markets, including aquaculture and defense,” said Ted Curley, Chief Development Officer at Aquabotix. “They will be essential partners for Aquabotix as we further expand our channels to sale throughout the world and target new regions impacted by the growing underwater drone market.”
Aquabotix’s latest distributors include:
“We are excited to grow our network of distributors who will work to increase Aquabotix’s brand and presence globally,” said David Batista, CEO of Aquabotix. “With these recent additions, 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’ respective needs.”
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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.
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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.