Japanese IHI Corporation (IHI) is looking for an export market for its Autonomous Underwater Vehicle System (AUVS), that informs of the underwater situation in real time.
Explaining the system, Tomoyuki Kuwata, President and Chief Executive officer told Daily News that various AUVs can acquire, process and classify data, including image, location and depth information, and send it classified as a mine-like object to the mother ship by way of a semi-submersible ASV.
“Essentially, the mother ship sends the command to the AUV to obtain information necessary for mine identification for a certain target area. AUV then observes the target area in detail through an optical video camera, while keeping its position parallel to the tide, and then sends the optical image of the object to the mother ship by way of the semi-submergible ASV, allowing the mother ship to identify mines in the sea,” Kuwata informs.
The Semi-submergible ASV can simultaneously control multiple AUV (maximum 4), so they are able to efficiently acquire underwater data for a wide area. The system, developed in 2013 is currently operational with the Japanese Navy and Coast Guard. “Now we are looking at export opportunities to countries in this region and beyond,” he says.
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