Sea Machines Unveils Advances in Ship Navigation Instrumentation

The sight of AI-ris marine computer vision navigation sensor. MARINE MACHINERY ROBOTICS

BOSTON – Sea Machines Robotics Inc., a developer of autonomous command and control systems and advanced perception systems for maritime industries, has unveiled AI-ris, a new marine computer vision navigation sensor designed to improve safety and the ships’ performance during navigation, the company said on June 21.

The company unveiled this new technology at Seawork2022, Europe’s largest commercial maritime trade show. Sea Machines’ AI-ris (Artificial Intelligence Recognition and Identification System) uses digital cameras and AI processing to detect, track, classify and geolocate objects, marine traffic and other obstacles capabilities in the majority of operational conditions, day or night, to provide the crew with best-in-class situational awareness. Computer vision helps improve vessel safety and is also a key technology for the advancement of autonomous command and control systems.

Boats and ships operate in the most dynamic environment on earth and the limitations of conventional navigational sensors leave most of the work of perception to the human eye and brain for continuous scanning of the waterway. Fatigue, distraction and confusion can lead to misses and errors. The US Coast Guard reported that in 2020, 36% of boating accidents were collisions and allies, with the leading cause being improper supervision and operator inattention. The commercial shipping industry suffers from similar challenges. Sea Machines designed AI-ris to be always alert, with the ability to deliver predictable operational results that can improve vessel reliability, as well as eliminate liabilities caused by human error.

“Sea Machines is dedicated to building the future of ocean mobility. We envision a future with fewer accidents at sea. We are revolutionizing maritime navigation with data-driven intelligence, autonomy and connectivity” , said Michael G. Johnson, CEO of Sea Machines, “AI-ris enables a dramatic increase in performance and security. Superior computer vision and AI capabilities will ensure a safer and more productive journey.

“AI-ris constantly scans for obstacles and can alert the operator to potentially dangerous situations. It also labels very small objects, like swimmers, kayakers or animals, to very large ones, like another vessel,” said CTO Trevor Vieweg, Sea Machines. “With the ability to detect, classify and geolocate these targets via optical sensors, AI-ris increases and exceeds the capabilities of existing marine sensor technologies, such as radar and automatic identification system, enabling better performance and reaching the higher levels of security. In the future, this technology could also help responders detect oil spills at sea.”

AI-ris is now commercially available and can be installed aboard existing ships, as well as new builds.

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