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Google Maps Goes Coastal with Unmanned Boat

A new high-tech unmanned vessel, launched with the help of Google, will use innovative technologies from the boatbuilding and mapping fields to map shorelines and raise awareness of the impacts of global sea level rise.   Originally designed to be worn by backpackers, Google's proprietary Street View Trekker camera system was provided on loan to the San Francisco Baykeeper organization, allowing them to create bay-level maps. It plans to use the imagery collected—nearly 500 miles of coastline ranging from San Jose to Antioch, California—on its website and for educational purposes.

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High Resolution Data Logging

term recording of vessel structural accelerations, providing scientific data without having to trawl through months of spreadsheets. When an event occurs above the programmable threshold, raw data from before and after the event is stored in a single file alongside the daily overview spreadsheet and a Google Earth 3D map trace. The Dyena PRO unit constantly monitors the shock and vibrations received by the vessel structure and stores the data to the onboard solid state memory, alongside position, speed, heading and time. Sampling at 1,200 Hz, recording the peak and RMS averages every second and storing

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First US National Ocean Exploration Program Report

, academic institutions, and the private sector,” said NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Acting Director John McDonough. Participating organizations involved with the report includeNOAA, Aquarium of the Pacific, the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, Google, Inc., the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Esri, NASA, the National Geographic Society, the National Research Foundation, the Ocean Exploration Trust, the Roddenberry Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of State. Renowned explorers Sylvia Earle, Don Walsh, and Walter

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Subsea Camera Gives Never-before-seen Views

Google Earth and Go-Pro go-anywhere access have upped expectations from cameras. Remotely accessing panoramic views from our front doorsteps is commonplace and we plunge our cameras into the water for underwater shots. That’s not to say these are simple technologies. A new camera developed by Battelle will greatly reduce the time, effort and expense needed to create complete 360-degree viewpoints in the depths of the ocean or in other hard to reach places. The HorizonVue M360 Deep, as the camera is known, combines Battelle’s long history in maritime engineering technology with

Proposed cable routing for PLCN (Image: TE Connectivity Ltd.)

Facebook, Google among Builders of New Transpacific Cable

Undersea communications technology company TE SubCom has partnered up with Facebook, Google and Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd. (PLDC) to co-build a 12,800 km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles with ultra-high capacity transmission. Scheduled for commercial launch in summer of 2018, the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will become the highest-capacity transpacific route when completed largely thanks to TE SubCom's C+L technology, which effectively doubles the available bandwidth and capacity per fiber

Dolphin & Whale 911 app: Image courtesy of NOAA Fisheries

Dolphin & Whale 911 App Released

information on smartphones, including a colorful species identification guide, the public will know who to call and what to do when they find a sick, injured or dead marine mammal, thus contributing to marine mammal conservation. Dolphin and Whale 911 app is available for download at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.noaa.dolphinwhale911 For the iPhone and other Apple products it is downloadable from the iTunes Store

Windfarm Offshore: Photo credit NOAA

MIT Honors ABB as 'Disruptive Company' Innovator

MIT Technology Review’s 2013 list of 50 disruptive companies shows that innovation is far from dead. Among the usual suspects such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google the publication of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology cites ABB for “perfecting a circuit breaker for high-voltage DC lines - a crucial step for widespread use of renewable energy.” The development of the breaker , announced by ABB last November, marked the resolution of a 100-year-old challenge. Thomas Edison’s inability to find a solution for interrupting high-voltage DC is one of the

Fischer Connectors Launches New Website

all catalogues, technical specifications, technical drawings, case studies, white papers and more. A new map to help quickly find local Fischer Connectors’ contact. Easier access to news, blog and social network posts. The possibility to stay connected via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Vimeo. fischerconnectors.com  

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Augmented Reality App Brings 3D Models to Life

vessel C.S. Sovereign or the Q1000 ROV - key assets for Global Marine in the power market. Alternatively, switch to X-Ray View to read more information about each key feature of the two by pressing the hotspots shown in the 3D image.   The app is available for free download from the App Store or Google play by searching ‘GMSL’.   

TE SubCom to Upgrade to Southeast Asia Cable System

consortium is composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile International Ltd. (CMI), China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom Global Limited (CTG), Donghwa Telecom Co. Ltd (DHT) (a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom, Co., Ltd.), Globe Telecom, Inc., Google, KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin a subsidiary of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk), and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (TOT).    subcom.com  

Coast Survey’s wrecks and obstructions database provides info on thousands of wrecks.

Coast Survey Improves Access to Wrecks Data

data formats from which to choose. Historically, shipwreck data in AWOIS was available in Adobe PDF and as Microsoft Access Database (MDB) format. More recently, KML/KMZ files replaced PDF and MDB formats, making it easier for public users to view AWOIS data, by using freely available software such as Google Maps or Google Earth. Now, in addition to KML/KMZ and Microsoft Excel formats for general users, Coast Survey provides the data in ArcGIS REST services and OGC WMS services, for use in GIS software programs or web-based map mashup sites

FASTER Cable run route: Image NEC

Google Consortium to Lay 'FASTER' Trans-Pacific Cable

Google and five other large companies team up to build a cable under the Pacific Ocean that will deliver incredibly fast internet speeds informs system supplier NEC Corporation. A consortium of six global companies have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” which will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million. In order to address the intense traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content

HYPACK Holds Hydrographic Training Event

Reinshaw topographic laser system, support for multiple navigation devices, export for 3D printers, vector-scaled soundings in HYPACK SHELL         and HYPLOT (WYSIWYG), multiple offsets for rig moves in HYPACK SURVEY, updated IENC presentation to latest standard, Google Glass helmsman display, real-time capture for GoPro and Nikon cameras, enhanced targeting of side scan sonar in HYSCAN, unicode implementation to support foreign language         characters and update of translation texts, enhanced remote viewing, allowing for

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Rising Tide of Innovation at Davos to Keep Plastic out of the Sea

than 8 million tonnes of plastics enter the ocean each year while the three major international ocean clean-ups combined deal with less than 0.5 percent of that volume, said the UK-based foundation set up by MacArthur.   The award is also supported by philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, wife of former Google executive Eric Schmidt, who together sponsor a number of global initiatives to advance ocean exploration and clean-ups.   "The technical innovations developed by our winners are exactly what is needed to begin to address the wasteful material culture of the past century that is creating

Image: TE SubCom

US Shore Landing for Monet Submarine Cable

TE SubCom said it has completed the U.S. shore landing for the Monet Submarine Cable, a 10,556km cable that will connect Boca Raton, Fla. to Fortaleza and Praia Grande, Brazil, where shore landings were completed earlier this year.   Monet is owned by Google, Algar Telecom, Angola Cables and ANTEL. The 100G-capable cable system will provide a low latency route from Brazil to North America with a minimum bandwidth of 60 Tbps.   “With our system supply partners at TE SubCom, we’ve seen tremendous progress on Monet in the past several months, making today’s U.S. shore

Block Island Wind Farm (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

Wind Surpasses Hydro as Largest US Renewable Energy Source

, with 1,300 MW under construction. Once completed, those projects will double the size of New Mexico's installed wind capacity. Corporations and others outside the utility industry have become major purchasers of wind energy, accounting for 39 percent of capacity contracted in 2016. Projects for Google, Amazon and General Motors were completed in the fourth quarter.   (Reporting by Nichola Groom

Subsea Cable Upgrade in Southeast Asia

consortium is composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile International Ltd. (CMI), China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom Global Limited (CTG), Donghwa Telecom Co. Ltd (DHT) (a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom, Co., Ltd.), Globe Telecom, Inc., Google, KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin a subsidiary of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk), and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (TOT).  

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