Volunteer Day with the Boy Scouts – Building ROVs

20150418_151025Aquabotix recently participated in an underwater event with the Boy Scouts at the YMCA in Fall River, MA. Two of our engineers, Courtney and Jason, volunteered to work with the scouts. Courtney presented to the children about ROVs and Jason presented about the engineering design process. Then the boy scouts broke into teams and designed their own ROVs using an ROV in a bag kit. Their ROVs would be challenged to accomplish some basic tasks in a contest later that day. They tested and redesigned their ROVs before the contest. During the testing and contest, Jason had an Aquabotix HydroView in the pool for the boy scouts to drive. The boys did great with their designs and really enjoyed the chance to drive a professional grade ROV.

20150418_124917Aquabotix is proud to support education and our local community. We created our underwater viewing products because we are fascinated by the worlds beneath the waves. This event was a wonderful day to share our passion for robotics and the water with future engineers.

Water Quality, Tank Mixing, and the HydroView

HydroView Pro 5M ready to perform a concrete tank inspection

HydroView Pro 5M ready to perform a concrete tank inspection

Thermal stratification in potable water storage tanks poses risks for system operators and their customers.  Water treated with chlorine or chloramines generally remains stable for a few days.  Thermal stratification can hamper passive mixing or cycling of the water resulting in the potential for limit aging or deterioration of the disinfectant chemicals.  Drops in residual chlorine can lead to growth of bacteria often requiring the draining and flushing of the tank.

Thermal stratification can also promote the formation of nitrates and other disinfection byproducts, allow for the formation of ice endangering coatings and tank walls and allow headspace temperatures to rise above recommended levels.

The HydroView Pro 5MWI is equipped with depth and temperature sensors. Data from these sensors is recorded during tank inspections and downloaded following the inspection in an easy to read/report format.  Additional water chemistry sensors are available and can be integrated with the vehicle and the data reporting module.

 

Aquaculture and the HydroView

Aquaculture or Aquafarming is the farming of fin fish, shellfish and aquatic plants and is the fastest growing food supply sector in the world.  Aquaculture is to live stock farming as commercial fishing is to hunting.  Farming implies human involvement in the process and includes such activities as stocking, feeding, and protection from predators.

Feeding the world’s ever-expanding population requires new thinking about sources of food, particularly protein. Fish process calories (energy) more efficiently than mammals and requiring less food, less land and less fresh water to yield the same amount of protein.

“From the point of view of an ecological footprint, aquaculture does very well compared to terrestrial animal food production systems,” said Arni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Deputy-General of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/25232/aquaculture-the-most-promising-method-of-meeting-food-needs/

Meanwhile, natural fish stocks are under strain as modern commercial fishing technology has advanced. Some argue that improvements in the efficiency of the fleets have outpaced the ability of fish to reproduce and replenish themselves. Fish Farming/Aquaculture is viewed as one of the solutions to this problem.

Experts agree that Aquaculture must be practiced responsibly if we are to fully realize the benefits without damaging our natural fisheries and other marine environments.  Fine tuning of feed to the appetite of the fish creates efficiencies and limits the impacts of unconsumed feed accumulating on the sea bed.  Rapid identification and removal of sick or dead fish, limits the spread of disease to the rest of the school.  Maintaining the security of the farm’s nets or cages protects the stock and prevents escape of farmed fish into the wild.

Aquabotix provides innovative ROV solutions for aquaculture. In February 2015, the HydroView Professional was in Chile performing net inspection, monitoring of stock, mort searches and mooring inspections. Video recorded by the HydroView during these tasks will be posted soon.  Visit www.Aquabotix.com/hydroview_pro_videos

 

HydroView Pro ready for some aquaculture work in Chile.

HydroView Pro ready for some aquaculture work in Chile.

HydroView Pro SLE in the Press

HydroView Pro SLE was in the press twice this month. Thank you to both Police Mag and Law Officer for including the SLE in their round up of the hottest products at the IACP Conference!

Read the coverage here:

http://www.lawofficer.com/

http://www.policemag.com/

Designed specifically for law enforcement and security , the HydroView Pro SLE is equipped for applications including observation and recovery tasks. The ROV package includes:

  • Seven Swiss Made High Torque Motors: 4 Thrusters and 3 Hovering/Pitch
  • Sensor package including depth, temperature and orientation (compass). Additional available sensors: nitrate, 360 degree search sonar, and USBL positioning
  • 1080 p True HD Quality Camera with Continuous Focus and Tilt
  • 100 m of Neutrally Buoyant Cable
  • Wireless Hand Controller
  • Depth rating of 100 m
  • 128 GB Solid State Memory Drive for 17 hours of 1080p recording
  • 2 Pounds of payload capacity for customer specific applications
  • High Intensity LED lighting

Aquabotix announces the launch of HydroView Pro SLE

AQUABOTIX ANNOUNCES UPGRADED REMOTELY-OPERATED VEHICLES (ROVS) – THE HYDROVIEW PRO SLE FOR SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

HydroView Pro SLE is the intelligent solution for security and law enforcement applications, including victim or target locations and port, pier and hull inspection.

FALL RIVER, MA – October 9, 2014 Aquabotix, a marine technology company delivering the accessibility of today’s consumer electronics products to the complex world of underwater ROVs, today announced the immediate availability of its HydroView Pro SLE.  Designed specifically for missions of security and law enforcement, the HydroView Pro SLE is a configuration upgrade of Aquabotix’s successful HydroView Professional Series.

Affordable and easy-to-use, the HydroView ROV carries an onboard HD video camera and is controlled by intuitive iPad or laptop driving applications. Building upon its predecessor’s proven platform, the HydroView Pro SLE configuration includes:

  • Seven Swiss Made High Torque Motors: 4 Thrusters and 3 Hovering/Pitch
  • Sensor package including depth, temperature and orientation (compass). Additional available sensors: nitrate, 360 degree search sonar, and USBL positioning
  • 1080 p True HD Quality Camera with Continuous Focus and Tilt
  • 100 m of Neutrally Buoyant Cable
  • Wireless Hand Controller
  • Depth rating of 100 m
  • 128 GB Solid State Memory Drive for 17 hours of 1080p recording
  • 2 Pounds of payload capacity for customer specific applications
  • High Intensity LED lighting

HydroView Pro SLE series is the choice mini ROV to meet the varied demands of security and law enforcement applications, including observation and recovery tasks. Controlled wirelessly with an iPad or any laptop, the HydroView Pro records full 1080p HD video and still images, while users navigate intuitively without any formal training. All media is viewed in real time and can be recorded onboard to document findings (no separate recording devices required) with date and time stamps.

“We developed the HydroView Pro SLE to address the needs of our security and law enforcement customers.  It combines the finest features of HydroView Pro with the additional features most requested by first responders,” said Durval Tavares, President & CEO, “The HydroView Pro SLE offers the advantages of affordability, portability and quick and easy deployment. The Pro is compact, intuitive to drive, offers robust options and is built with state of the art technology.”

HydroView Pro SLE pricing starts at $22,000 and is currently available for order from Aquabotix resellers or through the Aquabotix website. For more information, to locate your nearest dealer or to purchase, please visit: http://www.aquabotix.com/.

About Aquabotix

Aquabotix Technology Corporation, located in southern New England, is a privately-funded developer of consumer and commercial products for underwater observation and exploration endeavoring to change the way people interact with the underwater world. Aquabotix’s flagship offerings, the HydroView remote operated submersible vehicle and the AquaLens underwater viewing system, employ the latest technology to enable users to comfortably inspect beneath the water’s surface from the safety topside.

For more information on Aquabotix Technology Corporation and its offerings, please visit: http://www.aquabotix.com/

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Dam Inspections

HydroView Pro 5MWI inspects a Dam in Massachusetts

HydroView Pro 5MWI inspects a Dam in Massachusetts

A recent opinion article in Water Power & Dam Construction highlighted the importance of Dam Inspections. Read the entire piece here: http://www.waterpowermagazine.com/opinion/opiniondam-inspections-why-so-important-4265954/

Some of the comments from author, Rodney W. Eisenbraun, include:

  • The American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) 2013 Report Card grades the overall condition and performance of US dams a lowly D - largely due to the increasing number of dams added to the high hazard potential list each year.
  • Currently, the average age of the 84,000 dams in the country is 52 years old.
  • Dam inspections are a vital, affordable step in awareness that could help owners avoid mishaps or prevent disaster.
  • A dam safety inspection is the first step in preventative maintenance. Remember, just because you aren’t aware of a problem, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist and more importantly the lack of awareness doesn’t remove you from responsibility and the possible consequences.

Aquabotix believes in the importance of preventative inspections. About a month ago, the Aquabotix HydroView Pro was used as part of a dam inspection. Visit our You Tube page to take a look at some clips from the inspection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfAIEbW_hS0.