Autonomous-command capabilities proven
Sea Machines Robotics showed the capability of its autonomous-command technology at the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans with live demonstrations that remote-commanded an SM300-enabled workboat in Boston, more than 1,500 miles away.
Missions were planned and deployed over secure connection and included autonomous waypoint following, dynamic obstacle avoidance and remote payload control of an on-board fire monitor. Following the missions, the operator discussed the various applications for the technology, as well as the benefits, such as increased productivity, performance and safety – which ultimately translate to increased profitability.
“This series of long-distance demos proved that the technology performs as expected and is available now for use aboard many types of commercial workboats,” said Sea Machines’ Founder and CEO Michael Johnson. “These products are already transporting the marine industry into a new era of task-driven, computer-guided operations, and are bringing advanced autonomy within reach for small and large-scale operators.”
Last month, the company made commercially available the world’s first industrial-grade autonomous and remote-control products purpose-built for workboats, including Sea Machines SM300 and SM200.
The SM300 provides remote-command, operator-in-the loop autonomy for survey, spill response, dredging and security/surveillance operations. Capabilities include autonomous command, remote control, obstacle avoidance, pre-planned route following and collaborative operations. The SM200 is designed for multiple applications including fireboats, utility craft and spill-response vessels.
Sea Machines is also developing advanced perception and navigation assistance technology for a range of vessel types, including container ships. Trials have already begun aboard an A.P. Moller-Maersk new-build ship.
By Rebecca Jeffrey
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