Sea Machines Trials USV Command & Control Systems

By Mike Ball / 04 Oct 2018
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Sea Machines Robotics unmanned vessel

Sea Machines Robotics, a developer of autonomous technology for marine vessels, has announced the successful completion of product sea trials of the company’s introductory line of intelligent command and control systems for unmanned surface vessels (USVs), developed for the demanding challenges of offshore commercial, scientific and government applications.

The two new products, SM300 and SM200, provide advanced autonomy of task-driven, computer-guided vessel operations for small- and large-scale operators. The flagship SM300 integrates with existing vessel systems and sensors to manage pre-planned and dynamically charted missions through:

  • A point-and-go user interface
  • Pilot-by-wire propulsion and steering control
  • Certified, embedded Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS)
  • Situational awareness via electronic charts, such as ARPA and AIS
  • Obstacle and traffic avoidance
  • Remote communications via wireless, 4G and satellite
  • Real-time data feed to remote operator
  • Condition monitoring of hull and machinery
  • Remote payload control

The SM300 is an industrial-grade vessel intelligence system providing “operator-in-the loop” autonomous command and control, plus direct remote-control operation using a wireless belt pack. Targeted applications include multi-waypoint missions, ocean search and survey, patrol and surveillance, and mothership-daughter vessel collaborations.

The SM200 provides fully integrated, line-of-sight and remote-vessel control for collaborative vessel operations.

“This is the advanced technology that mariners have long been awaiting,” said Sea Machines’ CEO Michael G. Johnson. “Our products allow operators and crew to focus on higher-value tasks while at sea, empowering a commercial vessel to do more with predictable results and lower operational costs. Missions such as survey, fishing, dredging, surveillance and offshore energy support can now be executed productively around the clock and in extreme weather conditions, with improved crew safety and efficiency.”

The SM product family can be installed into existing or new-build vessels, and incorporates communication interfaces for integration with on-board digital, analog and mechanical systems. Sea Machines’ modular design ensures that installation and commissioning can be completed in only days for most vessels.

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