Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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63 unmanned systems inside October/November 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. contained latitude-longitude coordinates, but the depth was determined by the AU V on the f ly based on what it measured. The AUV first took a dive through the layer, was able to measure where the layer was, and then adapted the depth of the way points. This way the AU V was able to stay within the bacterial layer." A crucial feature of the swarm "is that the robots are all identical," Schill said. "There's no central controller, no coordinator robot. If any of the robots have to leave or get lost, that will not affect the rest of the group." Hydromea's initial business plans are not to sell the Vertex. "Our idea is to offer a sensing service," Bahr said. "Our customers don't even have to care that we have robots. All they need are a few square kilometers of coast or lake or whatever. You hire us like any other survey company, and for the same money, we can offer a lot more data." Hydromea has carried out several f ield campaigns for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. The company now has plans to carry out pilot projects for com- mercial clients in either late 2017 or early 2018 "to show them we can achieve high reli- ability and repeatability," Bahr said. "Clients could include f ish farms, other survey companies, and government entities wanting to measure pollution," Bahr said. The robots could also prove useful for operators of water treatment or desalination plants, and those who dredge or carry out construction in coastal areas, he added. "After a few years of us showing people what we can do with our AUVs, we'll be selling our sys- tem to other survey companies," Schill said.

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