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Blog What to Expect From a Virtual Sea Machines Demo

April 10, 2020

In an effort to better support customers who are working remotely with limited travel, Sea Machines recently announced the availability of online events that provide real-time demonstrations of our autonomous systems in use aboard operational vessels. No travel is necessary and customers will be able to view these real-time events from anywhere there is an internet connection. But what will participants see during demonstrations? Read on for a preview.

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What you’ll observe

During the demos, participants will observe the following autonomous vessel behaviors in a live environment:

Obstacle detection and collision avoidance

Our products recognize common obstacles – such as other watercraft, buoys, marine life and more – and will autonomously and safely reroute an operator’s vessel to mitigate a potentially costly and harmful incident. Once the danger of collision passes, the system reroutes the vessel back on track to complete the mission. This safety feature can be disabled in advance or in the moment by an on-board or remote operator, if needed.

Autonomous path following

Autonomous operations allow operators to command manned or unmanned workboats from not only nearshore locations and neighboring boats, but also from offsite locations with a reliable network connection. Adding autonomy to workboats can reduce operational costs via increased on-water productivity time, fine course control, reduced crew changes, and in some cases, lowered crew expenses. Applications include on-water missions involving predictable, hazardous or remote work.

Autonomous collaborative following

Two vessels outfitted with Sea Machines systems can perform autonomous missions collaboratively, giving operators a force multiplier effect and significantly increased productivity. Our products allow autonomous collaborative boats to maintain a set path, speed and distance apart, and plan for deviations in advance. 

Remote payload control

Remote payload control allows operators to engage on-board fire monitors, cameras, air quality sensors and more from a secondary location. Cameras installed on board provide a live, first-person view of all the action. This feature is ideal for reduced-crew or unmanned missions, during which a remote operator can deploy payloads from a command center.

Remote vessel monitoring

Participants will observe a remote Sea Machines operator control an active vessel on the water from our command center. Our remote vessel monitoring capability provides operators with accurate position and activity data for their commercial vessels via live data and camera and sensor feedback. From any remote workstation, which could be on another vessel or in a shore-based command center, an operator can monitor the progress of autonomous vessels and make adjustments to their speed, course, direction and more in real time.

Application-specific behaviors

Sea Machines will tailor demonstrations to meet the needs of each participant’s specific marine operations and autonomy use case. When completing the form below, we ask that you include as many details as possible about your business so we can maximize your experience. We look forward to showing you the power of Sea Machines.

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