Greensea’s OPENSEA as a development platform was put to work for Houston Mechatronics in the early development phases of Aquanaut.
Richmond, Vermont USA – Greensea, creator of OPENSEA®, the universal open software architecture for the marine industry, announced that Houston Mechatronics Inc. (HMI) had been an early adopter of OPENSEA as a development platform. HMI’s Aquanaut utilizes a similar software architecture that allows for collaboration with OPENSEA. HMI was able to leverage Greensea’s experience in subsea navigation and vehicle control early on while focusing their development efforts on their core competencies – robotics, manipulation, and autonomy.
“OPENSEA enabled us to quickly integrate an executive control and mission planning solution onto Aquanaut, our transforming AUV/ROV. The open and modular architecture of Greensea’s software allowed us to pick and choose tools within the SDK that covered our own software gaps. This, in turn, allowed us to pull our testing schedules forward and achieve both our customer’s and company’s milestones during early phases of Aquanaut development and testing,” Jide Akinyode, Aquanaut Program Manager.
“HMI is the perfect example of how OPENSEA as a Platform can be used to expand a company’s technology footprint without adding the overhead of having foundation-level technologies such as navigation and vehicle control,” states Ben Kinnaman, CEO of Greensea. “Greensea has spent more than a decade developing and testing systems needed for highly accurate subsea navigation and control in all kinds of hostile, demanding environments. Using the OPENSEA SDK, HMI is able to develop a revolutionary idea on a robust platform.”
HMI’s Aquanaut is a multipurpose subsea robot which employs a patented shape-shifting transformation from an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to a tetherless Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), removing the need for large vessels and umbilicals. The vehicle’s two distinct operating modes enable both the efficient collection of data as well as the remote operation of maintenance and repair tasks at a significantly lower cost than today’s technology.
About Greensea Systems, Inc.
Greensea is the creator of OPENSEA, an open architecture software platform, and is a world leader in navigation and autonomy technology for marine robotics. Greensea develops software and hardware that revolutionizes the working relationship between people and machines. They are known for innovative and powerful technology designed for in-the-field success by a team of industry-experienced engineers driven to help customers get their job done. Since opening in 2006 with offices in Richmond, VT and Plymouth, MA, the company has delivered more than 1000 OPENSEA-based systems to the manned and unmanned maritime industry. Greensea directly supports several programs with products, training, and technology development, including Explosive Ordnance Disposal using miniature marine robotics, Special Operations Forces combat diving, and ship hull robotics. Greensea also provides OPENSEA software products and services to Original Equipment Manufacturers and leading developers and integrators throughout the marine industry.
About Houston Mechatronics
HMI is working to become the go-to provider of autonomous ocean vehicle technologies. Specifically targeting intervention, maintenance, and repair (IMR) services for energy, telecom, aquaculture, mining, and renewables markets, our technology will provide unprecedented value to these customers (and Earth). Our focus is to seamlessly deploy fleets of Aquanauts, via on-demand subscriptions, to service our target markets and deliver exceptional value to our customers. Our services provide customers the necessary data and manipulation capability to support maximizing production and improving asset value while minimizing their operating footprint, operating cost, carbon footprint, and offshore HS&E exposure.