Submersible Surveillance Array Launched

Cellula Robotics’ newly launched Vigilus is a submersible surveillance array comprising of acoustically-meshed environmental sensor nodes that form a network of listening stations By Abi Wylie / 22 May 2024
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Cellula Robotics has launched its latest innovation in underwater robotics, Vigilus, a state-of-the-art submersible surveillance array comprising of acoustically-meshed environmental sensor nodes. 

The Vigilus nodes, poised to revolutionize underwater monitoring and security, are strategically positioned on the seafloor multiple kilometres apart from one another, forming an interconnected network of listening stations that act as an underwater “trip wire”. 

Notably, these nodes boast a compact, cable-less design, facilitating effortless deployment from small watercraft or covertly via a large Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV), even in challenging environments such as beneath ice sheets. This adaptability positions Vigilus as the ultimate tool for sophisticated surveillance and environmental monitoring operations in hard to access areas, including chokepoint surveillance in the Arctic region.

Each Vigilus node is equipped with cutting-edge sensors capable of seamlessly collecting, processing, encrypting, and responding to acoustic and environmental data. This functionality ensures the rapid generation of alerts, which can be effortlessly shared among nodes and transmitted to other assets in the vicinity, including UUVs, as well as to Vigilus’ shoreside gateway, which provides secure, near real-time alerts for timely data-driven decisions. 

Furthermore, Vigilus offers an additional layer of strategic advantage, as each node can emit acoustic pings to serve as a deterrent while deployed. The genesis of Vigilus can be traced back to a successful prototype developed for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). This innovation represents a monumental leap forward in underwater surveillance technology.

Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada has awarded a contract to Cellula Robotics Ltd. for its Vigilus array following a successful call for proposals under the Innovative Solutions Canada Testing Stream. Transport Canada is acting as the technical authority for the contract.

Neil Manning, CEO of Cellula Robotics, expressed his enthusiasm for this milestone achievement, stating; “We are excited to bring this innovation to the market. Vigilus will empower our customers to operate with enhanced confidence and security in the most challenging underwater environments, including the Arctic region.”

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