Robotics have been used in maritime mine countermeasures and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations for years. While ROVs are becoming a vitally important part of the EOD Technician’s capabilities, they do not currently provide a safe standoff separation from threats and their operation is not scalable to a larger, or remote, operator base. This is where SAFE-C2 comes in. (SAFE-C2 is the commercial name of the product that will be borne out of the SBIR grant mentioned in the
.) SAFE-C2 is agnostic to hardware and communication methods and supports current and future data transmission and ROV systems. SAFE-C2 is based on EOD Workspace, an operating platform specifically developed for ROVs used in EOD operations and built on OPENSEA, Greensea’s open architecture platform.
Not only does SAFE-C2 have military applications (keeping EOD techs out of harm’s way), it also has commercial applications, allowing the control of an ROV by an onshore specialist freeing up valuable ship space. Imagine a future of unmanned ships operating robots off shore that are supervised by operators comfortably seated in an office on shore. Technology advancements have made this possible and Greensea is working to make this future a reality.