Sotzing Joins Sea Machines as Engineering Director
Boston-based developer of autonomous vessel technology Sea Machines Robotics has hired Chris Sotzing as director of engineering. Sotzing will be responsible for the development and deployment of the company’s Sea Machines 300 technology system, as well as managing the engineering team. He reports to COO Jim Daly from the Boston office. Sotzing joins Sea Machines from SeeByte, where he served as an engineering manager supporting unmanned vehicle technologies in Boston. Prior to relocating to Boston…
UK Partners to Launch Autonomous Vessels Testing Service
The U.K.'s first maritime autonomous systems testing service is set to launch later this year. BAE Systems said it has been awarded £457,000 (approximately $594,700) in grant funding from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to design and deliver the U.K.’s first dedicated autonomous systems testing service. Based around Portsmouth, Southampton and the South East of the Isle of Wight, BAE Systems will work with ASV Global (ASV), Blue Bear Systems Research (Blue Bear)…
SeeByte Tapped for UK Navy’s Unmanned Warrior Exercise
SeeByte, creator of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, said it will demonstrate software solutions for unmanned systems as part of the Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior exercise. The exercise will feature more than 50 vehicles, sensors and systems and aims to demonstrate never-seen-before capabilities in the field of autonomy and unmanned systems. SeeByte’s software forms the core components of the Hell Bay 4 and MCM Challenge elements of Unmanned Warrior. The aim of these exercises is to develop and push the capabilities of autonomous systems…
Autonomous Systems Competition Enters Final Phase
The final phase of a competition to develop novel adaptive autonomous ocean sampling network (AAOSN) management systems for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is now underway. Two UK consortia will move forward to develop systems capable of coordinating a suite of marine autonomous vehicles gathering data from the ocean over periods of months, and tracking and sampling dynamic features. The two-phase competition was launched last September by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in partnership with the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and Innovate UK…
ASV Wins Maritime Autonomy R&D Funding
ASV Ltd, in partnership with nine other commercial and research organisations, have been awarded funding by Innovate UK to undertake in excess of £3million worth of research and development for Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS). Three separate projects involving ASV will look to address different areas covering the wide spectrum of activities concerning Maritime Autonomous Systems. These include software and communications, operations and regulations, autonomous vehicle interaction and launch and recovery.
Bluefin Acquires SeeByte
Bluefin Robotics, a provider of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), announced that it has acquired SeeByte, Ltd., a provider of autonomous platform software that enhances the user experience and the capabilities of underwater sensors, vehicles and systems. SeeByte, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bluefin. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bluefin is owned by Battelle, an independent science and technology organization committed to solving some of the world's toughest challenges in national security…
Royal New Zealand Navy Upgrades Software
SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems, is pleased to announce that the Royal New Zealand Navy has chosen to purchase three upgraded seats of SeeTrack Military. The Royal New Zealand Navy, one of SeeByte’s longest-standing customers, first purchased three seats of SeeTrack Military in 2006. The software is now used globally by 16 of the world’s navies. Ron Tyson of New Zealand Offshore Technology (NZOT), who managed the acquisition, commented “It is great news that the Royal New Zealand Navy will have the most up-to-date version of SeeTrack. WOCSS James Harper, Commanding Officer of the Mine Counter Measures Team said: "SeeTrack Military is well known as the MCM software tool of choice.
SMD Integrate SeeByte Software in ROV System
Soil Machine Dynamics & Seebyte announce successful integration of SeeTrack CoPilot to SMD's work-class ROV system. The integration and trials, which took place in Fort William, Scotland, in mid-January, saw SeeByte’s SeeTrack CoPilot Software system for dynamic positioning and real-time monitoring of work class ROVs, successfully carry out a number of survey missions using the software’s easy to use, point-and-click interface. The software provides advanced features such as flight-modes…
SeeByte Announces Sale to the Royal Netherlands Navy
SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems, has announced that it will provide the Royal Netherlands Navy with twenty new licences of SeeTrack Military. This significant purchase has come after the Royal Netherlands Navy’s successful use of SeeTrack Military over the past six years. The licences will be deployed to the Diving and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group in Den Helder, the BE/NL Minewarfare school Eguermin in Ostend, Belgium and to researchers at the Netherland’s TNO.
SMD & SeeByte Deliver on Partnership Agreement
Edinburgh, Scotland - SeeByte and SMD plan to integrate a smart software tool for dynamic positioning and real-time monitoring of ROVs, based on integrating SeeByte’s CoPilot technology into SMD’s DVECSII control platform. This will be available on SMD’s latest generation ROV systems, the first of which is the Atom. SeeTrack CoPilot offers station-keeping, cruise-control, survey-control, multibeam imaging, sonar track and mid-water DP. “Our customers in the drill support, survey and construction sectors are facing increasingly challenging conditions and ever growing demand…
SeeByte Selected by U.S. for Foreign Comparative Testing
Edinburgh, Scotland - SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems, has been selected by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Comparative Test Office, to participate in a Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program in support of a U.S. Navy Program of Record managed by the Naval Sea Systems Command, EOD Program Office. The FCT is designed to test selected foreign technologies, as evaluated by U.S. Military Operators, with a view to future procurement. SeeByte will integrate existing autonomy software into the Common Operator Interface for Navy EOD (COIN). These autonomy modules constitute an adaptive mission planner for unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).
CDL and SeeByte: Compatible ROV Technology
SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems, is pleased to announce its compatibility with CDL Inertial Engineering of Aberdeen. SeeByte’s SeeTrack CoPilot system and CDL’s TOGS/NAV system are now fully compatible. This combination has created a truly efficient navigation platform, capable of delivering Dynamic Positioning (DP) for work-class Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in challenging subsea environments. Colin Crichton, CEO at CDL, stated: “We are pleased to be in a position to offer this functionality to our customers.
VideoRay and SeeByte Announce Partnership
SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems, and VideoRay the world leader in Inspection Class-ROV technology, have announced their decision to enter a partnership with the aim of developing solutions to improve value to their customers. The decision follows the success of SeeByte’s SeeTrack CoPilot integration with the VideoRay micro ROV which was demonstrated at VideoRay’s VIPS 2011 conference last month in Florida. The demonstration…
SeeByte Provides SeeTrack Military Training to the Polish Navy
SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems, has successfully provided the Gdansk University of Technology (GUT) and the Polish Navy full training to accompany their recent purchase of SeeByte’s SeeTrack Military software. Having acquired SeeTrack Military earlier this year, SeeByte’s team trained two engineers from GUT and two members of Poland’s naval staff, including Lieutenant Adam Polak of the Polish Naval Academy, at SeeByte’s headquarters in Edinburgh.
SeeByte and BlueView Announce Partnership
SeeByte and BlueView Technologies have announced plans for advanced sonar analytics software technology to be licensed by SeeByte to BlueView. Bob Black, CEO at SeeByte, added, “Our software driven capabilities will provide BlueView Technologies with a fantastic new capability for their globally recognised range of sonar systems. SeeByte develops software-based solutions for the offshore, energy and military sectors. SeeByte software is designed to enhance the performance of underwater sensors, vehicles and integrated systems. BlueView has more than 500 installed systems worldwide with their sonar systems currently deployed on AUVs, ROVs, surface vessels, fixed installations and portable tripods.
BAE, Seebyte Sign Deal for Autonomous Maritime Ops
BAE Systems and SeeByte Ltd of Edinburgh, Scotland have signed a Cooperation Agreement to pursue business opportunities associated with the UK’s Mine Counter Measure (MCM), Hydrography and Patrol Capability (MHPC) Program. BAE Systems Mission Systems and SeeByte have identified a shared vision for the managed introduction of autonomous computing into future military mission systems through the exploitation of ‘open’ or modular, yet secure, architectures. Thus they intend to work together to develop fully integrated MCM mission systems offering innovative, flexible and adaptable solutions for the adoption of unmanned systems into future MCM operations. These will be designed to minimise human operator load whilst providing maximum operational support to the Command Team.
Subsea 7 Completes First Autonomous Inspection Vehicle
Subsea 7, a provider of seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services, announced that it has completed the design and build of the first commercial AIV, a technology which has the potential to revolutionise Life-of-Field projects. Subsea 7 has an ambitious plan to develop a series of Autonomous Inspection Vehicles (AIV), initially capable of general visual inspection, through to fully capable work-class sized intervention vehicles. A combined project team comprising hardware developers and operational personnel from Subsea 7 and Seebyte, a Scottish based software developer for the autonomous robotics market, has been working together to deliver the first vehicle.
SNAME Focused Panel Sessions, 2009 Meeting
The focused panel sessions at the Society of Naval Architects and Engineers (SNAME) Annual Meeting and Expo (October 21-23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island) will feature four timely topics: Electric Ships; Renewable Energy from the Oceans; Unmanned and Autonomous Ships of the Future; and Ship Efficiency in the Greenhouse Gas Era. Each two-hour panel session will be chaired and moderated by experienced SNAME members. Each session will have three leading experts who will make thirty minute presentations on their area of expertise, followed by a moderated thirty minute discussion period which will include questions and answers from the audience.
New Navy Contracts
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems-Marine Systems (NGES-MS), Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $67,687,769 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-fixed-fee completion contract to provide for the acquisition of the TRIDENT II (D-5) deployed SSBN and the SSGN Underwater Launcher Systems (ULS), Engineering Refueling Overhaul (ERO) shipyard support, gas generator production, TRIDENT II (D-5) missile tube closure production restart, US and UK launcher trainer support, underwater launcher technology sustainment (ULTS), SSGN Ancillary Hardware, Underwater Launcher System Ancillary Hardware, Launcher Initiation System Ancillary Hardware…
New Zealand Navy Orders AUV CAD/CAC
SeeByte Ltd. ordered additional Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) sidescan embedded mine Computer Aided Detection and Classification (CAD/CAC) system to the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), Wellington, New Zealand. SeeByte’s SeeTrack Military software provides a situation awareness solution that helps personnel conducting maritime mine countermeasures(MCM) operations to plan missions and build a single integrated picture of the operational environment by processing data from a wide variety of assets.
SeeByte Ltd. Announces New Appointments
SeeByte Ltd., a Scottish software product company announces two new appointments to its technologies team based in Edinburgh. Since its founding in 2001, SeeByte has experienced rapid growth providing situation awareness software for people and machines in the Offshore and Defence industries. The increase in staff is a result of SeeByte's commitment to be at the forefront of providing innovative, state of the art tools to the markets' increasing demand for more autonomy from their operational vehicles. Jose Vazquez has joined as Navigation and Control specialist, responsible for further developing SeeByte's SeeTrack products for autonomous systems. Prior to joining SeeByte Ltd., Vazquez held a Post Doctoral position at Heriot Watt's world renowned Oceans laboratory.