An unprecedented demonstration involving remote control of a USV located in Dubai from an autonomous control station situated in ADNEC Abu Dhabi took place at the Seatrade Offshore Marine and Work Boat Middle East 2017 show. The UAE manufacturer of specialty marine electronics- MAP Marine Technologies [MAP-Tech] - announced the launch of its second generation MAP Pro- Autonomous Conversion Kit, a device and system that can convert any regular boat to an Unmanned Surface Vessel [USV].
Commenting on that demonstration, Marasi News has interviewed Mr. Willem Misdorp, the Business Development Manager of Exalto Emirates who emphasized on the importance of this new device for the marine sector, saying: “We are proud to provide the marine sector with a new technology that has been developed here in the UAE. In this live demonstration, this technology will show that it has the capability of controlling a vessel located in Dubai remotely from Abu Dhabi. This new technology is improved to be highly efficient and am happy to say that it is available today in the market as of now.”
USV demonstrations to date have involved a showcasing of autonomous operation, a display of routes and maneuvers, where the vessel and operator are within the same proximity. Adnane El Soussi, Head of Robotics at MAP-Tech, emphasized, “We showcased autonomous way-point navigation and remote manual control, as well as relay of sensory data - such as radar and camera feedback and control. What separates us from the usual demos is that we will be operating a vessel that is not in our line of sight, being over 100km away.”
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El Soussi further commented, “This is a more true depiction of USV operations, and a testament to our MAP Pro system’s capabilities.” The vessel used in the demonstration is a regular recreational 31ft GRP craft, which is outfitted with a MAP Pro device allowing for autonomous control of the vessel. The boat, situated at Dubai Creek, responded to the operator’s control at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi through MAP-Tech’s latest ground control station- the C2Pro. El Soussi explaind,“It is a portable command & control unit. While it was primarily designed for USVs, it can be used to control any unmanned vessel whether by land, air, or sea.”
The live demonstration took place on Exalto Emirates stand [N-20] at the event: One of the largest providers of quality marine equipment -carrying over 14,500 different products in their catalogue- and the company is the master distributor of MAP-Tech products in the region.
With a large knowledgeable staff, including full service technical and service divisions, Exalto Emirates can offer you complete support from the design phase, to installation, and after sales care. For more information about MAP-Tech, Please go to www.exalto-emirates.com.