The OceanAlpha USV is a state of the art performance survey boat with extraordinary performance. It integrates a single beam/multi beam echo sounder, GNSS/RTK, a camera, and an obstacle avoidance system. The wide bandwidth radio station allows the operator to see precise bathymetric data results in real time. These USVs are beneficial not only for mapping shallow, murky waters, but also for improving the efficiency of our hydrographic operations. Since 2010, OceanAlpha has been working with USVs to provide solutions to the challenges surveyors face such as too many on-board components, interconnecting cables, and numerous data communication settings, all of which present a significant risk of downtime through equipment setup issues. The ‘all in one’ OceanAlpha USV solution is a game changer: all components & sensors are tightly integrated and work smoothly with the software. All you need to do is put it in the water and start surveying.
OceanAlpha makes unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for water quality professionals that sample, monitor, or survey large areas of water surfaces. Traditional methods require at least two technicians in a full-sized boat, going from site to site to collect samples or make measurements. The use of a USV reduces the amount of time, labor and equipment needed to collect water quality data when compared to traditional methods. Agencies have seen more than 6x more improvements in efficiency, while simultaneously reducing risk by keeping technicians and full-sized vessels on shore.
There has been an increase in the use of autonomous patrol boats in extreme environments for reconnaissance and surveillance where demands for precision, endurance, and reliability are paramount. Maritime and border force customers work with us to develop unmanned patrol boats. At OceanAlpha, we have experience working with and developing various interfaces for propulsion systems, including outboard motors, diesel oil propellers, and water jets for high speed operations. Our USV is fitted with a high-resolution infrared camera, an electro-optical pod, 4G radar, AIS and a loudspeaker. It is an alternative to conventional maritime assets for port protection as well as the monitoring of specific areas or the observation of events too hazardous for humans.
Autonomous ships are part of the intelligent transportation, artificial intelligence (AI), and robotics methods of the future. They would create a significant revolution in the maritime industry, much like the impact cell phones have had on society. OceanAlpha’s autonomous system is a mix of AI, supervision and dispatch system technology, a cloud server and data communication technology that allows for collision avoidance. It offers the advantage of reducing the expense of crew members while reducing human error, therefore bringing down costs related to accidents and insurance. Meanwhile, the absence of human crews on board reduces the issue of piracy.