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Remote controlled workboat operations demonstrated in the US

Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics has completed six live demonstrations of it’s autonomous-command technology, completing a series of manoeuvres on a remote-commanded workboat from more than 1,500 miles away in the US.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The New Orleans-situated operator of the system planned and deployed operations over a secure connection to the workboat in Boston, fitted with the company’s SM300 system. Missions included autonomous waypoint following, dynamic obstacle avoidance and remote payload control of an on-board fire monitor.

“This series of long-distance demos proved that the technology performs as expected and is available now for use aboard many types of commercial workboats,” said Sea Machines’ founder and CEO Michael Johnson.

“These products are already transporting the marine industry into a new era of task-driven, computer-guided operations, and are bringing advanced autonomy within reach for small and large-scale operators.”

The SM300 provides remote-command, operator-in-the loop autonomy for survey, spill response, dredging and security/surveillance operations. Capabilities include autonomous command, remote control, obstacle avoidance, pre-planned route following and collaborative operations.

A stripped back SM200 system is also available, offering remote-control operability only.

“It was exciting to see this technology demonstrated live to owners and operators in the industry,” said Crowley Maritime Corp senior vice president and general manager, solutions, Todd Busch, who also serves as a Sea Machines board member.

“Successfully repeating the demos over three days reinforced the reliability and performance capabilities of Sea Machines products. After watching, it was clear to all that these systems are available for installation now and offer an immediate upgrade to marine operations.”{/mprestriction}

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