Unmanned Systems Innovators Will Pitch to Investors in San Francisco

San Francisco-based venture accelerator Investorfest Media is working with AUVSI Novus Unmanned to host a showcase of inventors and early-stage innovators in autonomous and unmanned systems technology on Nov. 1.

The event held at the Hyatt Regency at San Francisco Airport is a chance for selected startups to present ideas to investors. It also includes panels on funding, legal and regulatory challenges affecting the acceleration of innovation in the unmanned space.

Learn more at AUVSI Novus Unmanned.

Update 11/06/17: The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced LiquidPiston as this year’s winner of Novus Unmanned.

As the winner of Novus Unmanned, LiquidPiston will receive the grand prize valued at over $50,000, comprised of products and services, ranging from membership in AUVSI to advertising and marketing opportunities at an AUVSI-hosted event, such as Unmanned Systems Defense, Protection and Security, XPONENTIAL, and the Automated Vehicle Symposium.

Sea Technology and IOSTIA Partner to Assist Blue Tech


The International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA) is a new 501(c)(6) industry association representing businesses that provide technology and services for sectors that sustainably and commercially utilize the oceans.

IOSTIA entered a partnership with Sea Technology magazine to assist blue tech companies by providing information on products and advancements and contributing to IOSTIA’s Small Business Advantage Program, a membership service aimed helping new and small businesses grow.

Northwestern Michigan College Offers Underwater Robotics Program

Taking the Saab Seaeye Falcon offshore allows students to explore the potential of underwater robotic systems in a practical environment.

Northwestern Michigan College is the first in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Science in Maritime Technology, including courses in calibration, deployment, operation, maintenance and management of marine technology assets, including data collection, processing and mapping.

Part of the course involves examining shipwrecks at depths of approximately 150 m using Saab Seaeye’s Falcon ROV outfitted with an advanced sonar system. The exercise helps students understand underwater robotics as a multicomponent resource used across a wide range of subsea activities.

Students in the program experience a range of imaging and profiling data collection options including bathymetric measurement, seafloor imaging, obstacle avoidance, structural inspection and vessel hull inspection.

Northwestern Michigan College notes an increasing number of women interested in the underwater technologies program, which Saab Seaeye says echoes its own observations and findings from the National Science Foundation.

Read more at Saab Seaeye.

First Full-Scale Topseis Survey Completed in the Barents Sea

The inaugural TopSeis survey was completed in the Barents Sea to image a complex carbonate reservoir located at depths of between 400 to 2,000 m below the seabed. Learn more at CGG.

Bureau Veritas joins Global Industry Alliance to Support Low-Carbon Shipping

The Future-Ready Shipping Conference 2017, held Sept. 25-26 in Singapore, witnessed the expansion of the GloMEEP Global Industry Alliance (GIA) with two new members: Bureau Veritas and the Port of Rotterdam.

Inspection and certification organization Bureau Veritas joined 15 other members in the Global Industry Alliance (GIA), a public-private partnership that aims to bring together maritime industry leaders to support an energy-efficient and low-carbon maritime transport system.

GIA was created in June 2017 under the GloMEEP (Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships) Project, which is jointly supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The GIA will support the implementation of energy efficiency measures for ships and shipping by collectively identifying and developing innovative solutions to address common barriers and promote the uptake of energy efficiency technologies and operational measures.

Learn more about the GIA work plans at Bureau Veritas.

Finland Installs Smart Beacons to Make Fairway Safer

The fairway maintained by the Finnish Transport Agency and the Port of Rauma installed 33 smart beacons to increase visibility and transport safety. The beacons designed and installed by Meritaito Ltd. can be adjusted by pilots to increase light output as needed or by maritime agencies to dim the lights when the fairway is not in use. The output of the light can be adjusted using methods as simple as a smartphone application. Read more from Meritaito on the installation.

The beacon installation is part of the Finnish Transport Agency’s three-year digitization project focused on increased situational awareness in all modes of transport. You can see a visual presentation of the agency’s plan on the project website.