UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix" or the “Company”) today announced the addition of new commercial partner and distributor Azorean Aquatic Technologies, S.A. to 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 380 vehicles in nearly 60 countries worldwide.
“We welcome Azorean to our distributor and partner network,” said David Batista, CEO of Aquabotix. “We are excited to have a commercial partner in our network that covers a native market encompassing an economic exclusive area in the Atlantic Ocean the size of Europe. This presents us with many opportunities to maximize use of our underwater vehicles and camera systems, which will help advance research and exploration of shallow and deep waters.”
Founded in 2012, Azorean seeks innovative solutions to produce low-cost specialized instruments and autonomous robots for multiple market segments, including recreation, business and scientific exploration. The company’s first product is Ziphius™, an aquatic drone controlled by a smartphone.
Aquabotix and Azorean embody Portugal’s tradition of ocean exploration as both companies have Portuguese roots. Azorean is headquartered in Ponta Delgada, Azores, while Batista and Aquabotix founder and chief technology officer Durval Tavares are both dual citizens of Portugal and the United States.
“While Azorean is primarily a consumer product-oriented aquatic technologies company, we are frequently approached to deliver products and services to professional clients in the fishing, aquaculture, yachting, scientific research, environmental monitoring, security and harbor services sectors,” said António Câmara, chairman of Azorean. “Those products and services typically fall in the autonomous and remotely operated underwater vehicles category, and require high-quality cameras and sensors. In Aquabotix, we have found a high-quality supplier of these solutions.”
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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.”
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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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.
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.”
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.
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.
Aquabotix Technology Corporation appoints Derek Daly as Chief Operating Officer. An important step in building out Aquabotix’s leadership team following its IPO. UUV Aquabotix Ltd (ASX:UUV) (“Aquabotix" or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Daly to the position of Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) of its U.S. subsidiary, Aquabotix Technology Corporation. Mr. Daly will be based in the Massachusetts office and his duties include overseeing all facets of the engineering, development and manufacturing functions.
Mr. Daly is an unmanned systems, robotics and automation specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the defense and commercial sectors. Most recently Mr. Daly was President and COO at Comark LLC, a defense facing ruggedized industrial computer manufacturer. Previously, he served as Vice President (Land Systems) at QinetiQ North America, a division of QinetiQ Group Plc (LSE:QQ.) (“QinetiQ”) and Group Director Unmanned Systems at Foster-Miller, which was acquired by QinetiQ. QinetiQ is a London Stock Exchange-listed science and engineering company with a primary focus on defense and security and an approximately A$2.7 billion market capitalization. Mr. Daly’s responsibilities at the approximately US$100 million Land Systems division included multi-site responsibility for a staff of approximately 60 engineers, sales, business development and program management personnel.
Mr. Daly received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University, Boston, and spent his early career at Northrop Grumman Corp. and American Semiconductor.
Peter James, Aquabotix’s Chairman, commented “Mr. Daly’s appointment brings substantial operational expertise to this business, and adds to Aquabotix’s ability to deliver vehicles in commercial quantities. We look forward to being able to draw on his experience in developing and manufacturing robotics to the defense sector and driving large-scale projects.”
We are happy to announce that this week, Aquabotix CEO Durval Tavares will be speaking at Liveworx, the premiere global technology conference and marketplace hosted by Boston-based PTC. Liveworx is being held at the Boston Conference & Exhibition Center from May 23-24 in Boston, MA. Mr. Tavares will join a panel of industry experts including Bob Treiber II, Co-founder and President of Boston Engineering as well as Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary of Technology and Entrepreneurship, EOHED, Commonwealth of MA. The session is titled “Growing the Massachusetts Robotics Landscape” and is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, May 24 from 10:15-11:00 AM EST.
The session details read as follows:
Massachusetts counts itself as one of the premier robotics clusters in the world. More than 120 robotics companies call Massachusetts home, and there are no signs of that number slowing down. This session will explore why Massachusetts is a great ecosystem for the robotics industry and the variables of running a business in the Commonwealth. CEOs will share their experiences and strategies in staffing and manufacturing in Massachusetts.
Aquabotix is proud to be located in Massachusetts, the hub for technology and robotics innovations on the east coast. Mr. Tavares will share his story about founding the company, its evolution, and its proximity to so many other talented robotics companies. To learn more about Aquabotix visit us here. To learn more about attending Liveworx, watch the video below, and visit here.