Police and Patrol Industry



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  • Remote helm control
  • Remote payload control

Above features, plus:

  • Autonomous command
  • Waypoint following and mission planning
  • Collaborative vessel operations
  • Autonomous surveillance path execution
  • Minimally manned and unmanned configurations
  • Obstacle detection and avoidance

Product Comparison: SM300 vs. SM200 (.PDF)

Autonomous-Command and Remote Helm Control Technology
For Police Boats and Patrol Vessels

Available now, Sea Machines’ vessel intelligence systems install aboard existing or new-build workboats and support vessels to increase their productivity and predictability, while reducing their overall risk and operational costs.

Capabilities & Use Cases

Autonomous Command

Challenge Solved: Highly Manual Operations

Our systems automate tedious, redundant and dangerous tasks, and allows crewmembers to focus on higher-level operations via minimally manned or unmanned modes.

Operators can program vessels to autonomously deploy pre-established routes, a feature especially valuable for transiting to offshore sites. Workboats can be remotely commanded to haul feed, monitor operation sites, clean nets and dredge seabeds in an unmanned or autonomous mode.

Challenge Solved: Lack of Vessel Intelligence

Unlike an auto-pilot, Sea Machines systems execute with human-like behavior, intelligently factoring in environmental and sea conditions (including wave height, pitch, heave and roll); change speeds between waypoints; and actively detect obstacles for collision avoidance purposes.

Challenge Solved: Operational Incidents Caused by Fatigue

Sea Machines helps to prevent operational incidents with obstacle detection and collision avoidance capabilities built on radar, AIS and GPS data.

Our systems help to reduce operator fatigue, a major casualty factor in marine incidents during nighttime operations, long-distance transfers and challenging sea states.

Remote Helm Operations

Challenge Solved: Vision Obstruction that Impairs Operations

Remote helm control ensures optimal visibility while docking, when maneuvering in tight quarters and during periods of low light, by allowing crews to command vessels from locations with the best vantage point, whether that be on or off the vessel.

The Sea Machines industrial-grade joystick offers portable helm operations, allowing mariners to command a vessel while monitoring operational indicators from a location outside of the wheelhouse.

Challenge Solved: Danger to Mariners

Sea Machines enables remote-helm, minimally manned or unmanned modes, which increases safety by eliminating or reducing the need for humans to be on board and exposed to dangerous conditions and challenging sea-states.

Challenge Solved: Slow Emergency Responses Due to Human Delays

A shoreside operator can remotely activate staged vessels to initiate defense activities or search-and-rescue missions without waiting for trained crew to arrive on site.

Challenge Solved: Time-Consuming and Dangerous Shift-Changes

Remotely operated, unmanned vessels do not require stop-work periods for shift changes. This is especially important in poor sea and weather conditions, and through periods of low light or visibility.

Collaborative Autonomy

Challenge Solved: Inefficiencies Related to Large Coverage Areas

Sea Machines systems enable vessels to autonomously collaborate as they follow pre-established grid patterns and perform other coordinated tasks.

To create a force-multiplier effect, operators can coordinate multiple autonomous boats to collaborate and follow the same paths at set distances apart, a feature especially useful for large patrol sites.

Challenge Solved: High-Cost Operations

Minimally manned and unmanned collaborative autonomous vessels maintain presence and cover more ground with less force required to manage coastal security zones and assets.

Offshore and long perimeters can be defended via a fleet of unmanned patrol boats, which don’t require shift changes, stop-work periods or long crew transit times.

Surveillance Path Autonomy for Repetitive Routes

Challenge Solved: Operational Incidents Due to Fatigue, Distraction or Boredom

The majority of operational incidents in the marine industry can be traced to human errors related to fatigue, distraction or boredom. Repetitive path autonomy eliminates the need for mariners to manually execute tedious surveillance paths.

Challenge Solved: Low Performance and Speed of Manual Operations

An autonomous vessel executes precision grid paths more predictably than a human operator can.

Unmanned, autonomous vessels improve the speed and accuracy of repeating paths.

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Remote Payload Control

Challenge Solved: Payload Controls Located in Wheelhouse

Traditional payload controls are located inside a wheelhouse, requiring on-board operators to engage equipment from a location that doesn’t always offer the best vantage point. Sea Machines frees the operator to engage vessel payloads — such as gimbled marine camera systems, EO/IR cameras, marine night vision, marine thermal imaging, sensors, sub-surface monitoring technologies and more — from anywhere on the vessel, that offers the greatest visibility. Similarly, off-site operators to remotely activate and control on-board equipment from a distance of +/-1 kilometer.

Remote Vessel Monitoring

Challenge Solved: Limited or No Remote Visibility into Vessel Operations

From a shoreside location or second vessel, Sea Machines enables operators to monitor the operations and progress of working vessels in real time, anywhere there is a network connection.

This “on-watch redundancy” can help to prevent operational incidents and keep crews safer.

Human operators can command and control fleets of unmanned vessels with greater efficiency and reduced operational cost.

Proof of Performance

“In conjunction with Sea Machines, we have developed a turn-key autonomous production model to be kept in our regular stock rotation and available for near-immediate delivery. We’re bringing autonomy to market in a ready form that operators can buy today and run tomorrow.” — Chris Allard, Metal Shark

Sea Machines is now offering government and commercial customers a commercially available 29-foot autonomous vessel, made possible by Metal Shark’s “Sharktech” autonomous division. The system allows for traditionally manned, reduced-crew or unmanned autonomous operations to deliver “human-in-the-loop” navigation. Learn more.


“We have seen the need to increase response capabilities and also reduce the risk to first responders. We feel this technology and platform will be a valuable tool to all Coast Guard Societies around the world.” — Roger Stanton, Hike Metal

Sea Machines has partnered with Hike Metal, a world-class manufacturer of workboats based in Ontario, Canada, to integrate our autonomous vessel control system aboard commercial vessels tasked with search-and-rescue (SAR) missions. The collaboration will help develop and demonstrate the capabilities of autonomous marine technology for the purposes of increasing the productivity and safety of SAR operations. Learn more.

Industry’s First Autonomous Fireboat

During the 2018 Maritime Kulturdage event, in Korsør, Denmark, Sea Machines demonstrated the capabilities of its SM300 product aboard the world’s first autonomous-command, remote-controlled fireboat, owned by TUCO Marine. Read details here.

“This is very important. This is the future of our industry. If our industry is going to be competitive and safer and evolve, it has to look at remote technologies.” — Richard Balzano, Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD)

“The use of autonomy allows us to keep people off the water as much as possible, which is an increase in safety. And the other consideration for the technology is fatigue. There are going to be times when we have to do crew changes; if we can reduce those, that keeps people safer … We think that’s the kind of technology we need to improve our safety.” — John Swift, Marine Spill Response Corp.

Sea Machines demonstrated the capabilities of its SM300 aboard a Kvichak Marco skimmer boat, owned by Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC), in Portland, Maine, in August 2018. Conducted primarily for the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), the demo proved Sea Machines’ ability to increase the safety, productivity and predictability of response for marine oil-spill operations. Watch a summary of the event above.

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