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Not Joysticks.

Why do ocean technologists continue to insist on operating undersea robots as if they are performing brain surgery with a Ouija board? Several operators, on an expensive boat, directly controlling actions of a tethered ROV with awkward joysticks and basic video streamed to monitors with scores of additional in-situ personnel? The 80s were great, but we need to move on. This level of complication is unnecessary and today’s market no longer accepts the associated costs.

Sharing Data In Austere Conditions

One of the exciting innovations we have enabled with Aquanaut and Commander is the ability to characterize and compress large point cloud datasets so that they may be shared in austere communication environments.  In operation it is pretty simple:  Aquanaut images a scene with its multi-modal machine vision payload.  The data are passed to a point cloud generator and a point cloud is created.  This point cloud is then used by Aquanaut AND is compressed using our proprietary morphological compression algorithms.  These compression routines allow us to reduce the dataset size to allow for acoustic transmission.  Once the data reach our operations center (through a satellite backhaul), it is inserted into Commander and operators manipulate it in 3-D.

1 Operator : Many Aquanauts

Commander allows a single operator to control multiple Aquanauts in the field.  This is done through automation in Aquanaut’s firmware and the intuitive planning environment in Commander.  Instead of an operator on a joystick, Commander enables users to plan vehicle maneuvers using a point and click interface.

Data Aggregation and Display

Commander aggregates and displays an enormous amount of data.  Users can drag in 3-D models of structures, import point clouds and customer supplied data, and analyze vehicle data from one platform.

The Benefits of Commander

  • Efficient Communications

    Communications in the ocean are far from perfect.  Acoustic communications can be lossy and low-bandwidth.  Our communication and compression strategies are built to ensure the most efficient acoustic communication possible in the ocean.  This means that we only send important data back using proprietary compression and communications methods.  The result:  Over the horizon manipulation.

  • Operator Efficiency

    Today’s ROVs require multiple staff to coordinate the operation of the vehicle. We have redistributed the workload between operators and robots with our software. This speeds up the planning and execution of subsea robotic operations and enables fleet operations.  The reduction in workload is great for the operator and, ultimately, translates to more economical operations.

  • Decentralized Operations

    Commander is a web based software platform and therefore can be used on mobile phones, tablets, and PCs.  The data are stored and served on our secure servers.

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