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DSSV Pressure Drop at sea Credit NEKTON

Fleet Xpress Chosen for Nekton Project

Inmarsat API: this is ground-breaking for marine science and could accelerate the analysis and publication of ocean data,” said Oliver Steed, Chief Executive, and Nekton.Inmarsat’s yachting partner YachtProjects designed, installed and commissioned Pressure Drop’s management and communications systems, including ECDIS, CCTV and open port capability.Nekton’s research, sampling and survey technologies fully integrate with shipboard systems, with the YachtProjects’ Seawall package controlling the shipboard network and shaping bandwidth and streaming, with the terminal hardware

NotiloPlus’ Seasam AUV has been operating around the world. Photo from NotiloPlus.

Subsea Tech's 'March of Miniaturization'

;t have to stay within range of a communications hub.It’s now working on a system with a 50km single range with semi and fully automated missions. A challenge is data transfer – when away from the host vessel or communications networks, less data can be sent, so the drone’s communications systems have to be able to reduce the amount of telemetry, but still have the bandwidth to receive new missions, without direct control.The firm aims to start testing its home-grown drone in about a year and take it to market in about 18 months to two years. Birdview is also working with TechnipFMC

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ARES Security Launches Seaport Platform

the U.S. since 2006, said a press release from the company.The solution is also deployed at several law enforcement, transportation, DoD and other facilities throughout the country.AVERT C2 is a command and control platform that integrates disparate security and operational systems and sensors, communications systems and other information to provide customizable, contextual displays that allow users to quickly access relevant information in real-time. This capability streamlines workflows and collaboration so that no time is wasted switching between systems or fumbling through Standard Operating Procedures

Saab Seaeye’s Sabretooth it in its test tank (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Saab Seaeye eRobotics Campaign Wins UTC Award

and vertical plane. And it is the only vehicle currently on the market capable of undertaking long-term residency in difficult to access locations.”Separately, Saab Seaeye is working with Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) to jointly develop and market solutions for AUV and ROV charging and communications systems, using a buoy-based wave energy generator for power and communications. Its Sabertooth is also being used by Eni, which is trialing a wave power buoy to demonstrate the ability to charge subsea vehicles. Later this year, a Sabertooth, adapted by Modus Seabed Intervention, based in England

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
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One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

operations – ultimately leading to a reduction in surface vessel days. If our customers can use less vessel days in the support of their field development, operations, and maintenance, then we’re going to lower the overall cost of ownership and open up new opportunities.Robust communications systems are another important need – 4G networks didn’t exist in the North Sea a few years ago, and now there is close to 100% coverage. Soon 4G networks will come to the Gulf of Mexico. Communication networks are expanding out into the fields, as are improvements in satellite technologies

L3 Technologies

Autonomy Advances: New Vessel Range

Technologies and Sonardyne International will offer 6G-enabled capability across its commercial autonomous vessel product range.L3’s C-Stat 2 and C-Cat 3 autonomous vessels will be offered factory-fitted with Sonardyne’s 6G range of Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking and communications systems. These unique platforms and sensor combinations have been proven to deliver optimized solutions for data gathering and subsea positioning tasks during inshore and offshore operational scenarios.“Factory fitting Sonardyne 6G adds value to our existing solutions, making the transition

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OPT and Saab Seaeye Partner

solutions provider Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. electric underwater robotic systems manufacturer Saab Seaeye Ltd, have entered a nonexclusive agreement to jointly develop and market solutions for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) charging and communications systems.“We see a strong potential in this cooperation, where Saab Seaeye’s market-leading underwater solutions become even more capable by the addition of OPT charging solutions for resident vehicle systems,” said Matt Bates, Head of Marketing & Sales at Saab Seaeye. &ldquo

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Cerberus to Acquire Subsea Communications Business from TE Connectivity

Cerberus Capital Management announced that one of its affiliates has entered into an agreement with TE Connectivity under which Cerberus will acquire TE's Subsea Communications business (SubCom).Headquartered in Eatontown, New Jersey, SubCom is a leading global supplier of subsea communications systems with approximately $700 million in revenue, based on fiscal year 2018 expectations. The business designs, manufactures, deploys, and maintains the subsea fiber optic cable systems that are vital for global communications.To date, SubCom has completed more than 100 cable systems and deployed

The PicSea concept is designed to open subsea robotics tech to new generations of users. (Image: PicSea)

PicSea: A New Concept for Ocean Autonomy

complete tasks such as seafloor surveys with capabilities beyond what is available today, said Durrant.  “It’s not the first micro-robot concept out there, and the others are excellent tools, but we have a ‘magic’ source that delivers innovative navigation and communications systems which isn’t part of anyone else’s design. Each of these small robots will have their own role to play in the future of ocean exploration and discovery; it’s the way the industry is moving. For example, the other micro-AUVs are mostly designed more for water column sampling

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All Eyes on Ireland

and infrastructure,” she said.   First steps In 2008, Ireland began to make key investments in these areas in the context of ‘Sea Change: A Marine Knowledge, Research and Innovation Strategy for Ireland 2007-2013’. One of the priority areas was marine sensors and communications systems for the marine environment: the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) at Dublin City University (DCU) was awarded €2.4 million as part of the Beaufort Marine Research Awards and the DCU consortium developed national capacity in areas such as biosensors, analytical science, remote

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