RICHMOND, Vermont — Greensea Systems Inc. has released OPENSEA Edge, which is designed to bring "true autonomy" to ocean robotics and deliver the technologies required to advance ocean robotics, the company said.
While the OPENSEA open architecture platform provides the software capabilities of navigation, control, autonomy, perception and long-range communications, OPENSEA Edge provides a modular, hardware agnostic processing platform that converts a traditional ROV into one with autonomy, AI, vehicle perception and tetherless, over-the-horizon, communication and control. Essentially, it is a convenient add-on package to deliver integrated edge processing and perception system integration to a traditional ROV.
“OPENSEA Edge delivers an edge-processing solution for ocean vehicles with control, autonomy, perception and sea-floor-to-over-the-horizon communications,” said Greensea Founder and CEO Ben Kinnaman.
OPENSEA Edge utilizes parallel NVIDIA processors to handle sonar and video perception feeds while providing autonomy, communications and task management for the robot. This platform puts a tremendous amount of processing power at the edge, right on the robot, where it can work directly with sensor data and make decisions for the vehicle. OPENSEA’s Safe C2 software package for low bandwidth and high latency communications links provides a seafloor to over-the-horizon communications solution for operators supervising the robot. With the open architecture framework of OPENSEA and available processing space, developers can install their own autonomy and perception-handling software, including AI/ML libraries.
Originally developed and tested for military use, OPENSEA Edge has been deployed on untethered ROVs as well as seafloor-crawling robots in Mine Countermeasure and Explosive Ordnance Disposal applications. OPENSEA Edge has been used to retrofit traditional commercial ROVs as well as the basis of new vehicle builds. With proven performance in military applications, Greensea is now offering OPENSEA Edge as a commercial product.