VideoRay announced that it has been awarded a $2.2 million dollar contract by the US Department of Defense to modernise the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) fleet of VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).
VideoRay systems have been employed by the Department of Homeland Security at various ports since 2003, inspecting ships and harbor infrastructure. The ROVs have been used for both routine and emergency responders to inspect ship hulls and individual pilings of piers and bridges for explosive devices, to help direct divers to an area of interest, to search for and recover evidence which has been discarded in a body of water, and to inspect an object or area of interest before deploying divers.
This contract will update all USCG VideoRay ROVs to the latest technology, including sonar, an improved non-acoustic navigation system, video enhancement, advanced ship hull inspection capabilities, and other improvements required to expand their role and work in challenging conditions. The CTTSO and USCG project includes requirements for 100% search coverage while assuring 100% probability of detection (POD) in very strong currents, with low visibility water.
“VideoRay is honored to be selected by CTTSO and the USCG for this contract” said Scott Bentley, President of VideoRay LLC. “The Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) within CTTSO has considerable experience and expertise in selecting the most effective tools from vendors in a competitive marketplace, then helping field those solutions effectively.
This contract will help take VideoRay’s dominant worldwide market position in underwater security and bring it to the next level, integrating our robots with the most effective sensors and software to accomplish very challenging underwater missions.”
Suppliers of sensors integrated on the new VideoRay configurations include KCF Technologies of State College, Pennsylvania, BlueView Technologies of Seattle, Washington, and Lyyn AB of Lund, Sweden.
VideoRay’s current ship hull crawler capabilities – which lead the industry – were critical in the selection of VideoRay in this contract. Through this contract CTTSO and the USCG will work with VideoRay to increase their flexibility and capability.