MTR100: SubC Imaging
SubC Imaging develops advanced underwater optical imaging systems for a worldwide clientele. The private ocean technology company was founded in 2010 by a former ROV pilot and offshore project manager and creates technologically advanced and capable video equipment for the offshore and subsea markets. Its product portfolio includes cameras, lasers, multiplexers, batteries, and topside media management systems. SubC has made changes in the way subsea imaging is conducted with Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Its first technology was the 1Cam; a camera that enabled ROV pilots to upload standard definition (SD) footage through existing cables while high definition (HD) footage was recorded to the camera itself, to be uploaded once the ROV returned to the surface. This was a game changer for those operating ROVs without the ability to transmit live HD video to the surface. SubC’s products are typically used on ROVs, AUVs, towed platforms, ocean observatories and drop camera systems. In addition to a 11,000m rated system recently delivered to Shanghai Ocean University, its latest product releases include the VisioSphere Situational Awareness system and the 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD)suite. SubC has been involved in several recent high profile international projects, including the search for Amelia Earhart’s plane wreckage and a survey of the Australian World War II light cruiser, the HMAS Sydney wreck. SubC has also had extensive involvement in Ocean Networks Canada Neptune and University of Washington’s RSN ocean observatories. The company has been leading the R&D efforts in the area of underwater imaging, exploring new technological depths for harsh, subzero, ice-infused environments, with an eye on future demand for Arctic applications.