Amphibious Robotic Crawler Provides Complete Data Visualisation Solution

By Mike Ball / 18 Apr 2018

Sea Otter robotic amphibious crawler

Survae, a geospatial media company, and C-2i Innovations, a developer of autonomous amphibious robots, have announced that Survae’s digital asset management platform is now connected to C-2i’s Sea Otter robot to enable all-weather inspection, sampling and mapping of shore and water regions, from oceans and harbors to rivers, estuaries, marshes and tailing ponds.

Portable and deployable from beaches and small boats, the Sea Otter provides persistent sensing where unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and remotely operated, tethered underwater vehicles (ROVs) cannot. Operating up to 10 miles from shore, the Sea Otter is highly maneuverable and able to cover multiple stations with a single deployment, providing versatile station keeping for up to 5 months in all weather/all season situations. Designed for sensing, sampling, station keeping, mapping, search and rescue, and military uses, the Sea Otter operates autonomously or with real-time remote control. High sea-state capability and shore-side self-deployment and recovery enable persistent, long duration high fidelity sampling, mapping and inspection.

“Survae is excited to partner with C-2i to enable an end-to-end solution for visualizing and mapping the imagery and sensor data collected by C-2i’s innovative autonomous devices,” said Eric Hesterman, CEO of Survae.

Imagery and sensor data captured with the Sea Otter is easily imported into the Survae platform. Video and images are automatically connected to the map, showing the recorded route and location of the Sea Otter at all times. Every frame of imagery is geolocated, date and time stamped. Sensor data collected by the Sea Otter is automatically visualized and connected to associated imagery, maps and a timeline. Survae’s geospatial search capabilities enable Sea Otter clients to easily find events, places, and objects in their archived data, filterable by location, date, time, tags, viewpoint, using their own maps.

“The long range and duration of the Sea Otter and the ability to carry any number of sensors resulted in a unexpected quandary. The mass of resulting data from disparate formats—from imagery to hard data—made analysis tedious and confusing, said Arnis Mangolds, President of C-2i. “The Survae solution simplifies tracking where the data came from and simplifies interpretation in such an understandable fashion that nontechnical personnel can now create their own hypothesis. The combination of the Sea Otter’s capabilities and Survae’s data presentation will enhance research and public acceptance by leaps and bounds.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact