Ocius has developed a new generation of drone vessels known as unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for industrial, defence and scientific organisations to survey and protect the world’s oceans.
Called “Bluebottles”, after the Australian marine animal that lives at sea and uses its body as a ‘sail’ to get out of currents, Ocius USVs harvest the energy available at sea; from the sun, the wind and the waves. The result is an autonomous data gathering & communications platform that can remain at sea for weeks or months at a time.
Ocius aims to assist friendly governments and offshore operators make large efficiency gains – to do more with less – at the same time as removing people from harm’s way.
Ocius Bluebottle USVs offer multiple economic and operational advantages over conventional manned craft:
- Continuous coverage
- Wide coverage
- Greatly reduced capital costs
- Greatly reduced operational costs – no fuel, food or crew
- Elimination of errors due to human fatigue
- Removing people and expensive assets from harms way
Ocius’ “Bruce” Unmanned Surface Vessel
Applications for USVs are myriad and measured in the billions of dollars. Major entities in offshore energy, defence and science are investing heavily in unmanned systems for “dull, dirty or dangerous” operations. Independent industry research estimates the USV market for defence alone to be a staggering US$3.8Bn by 2020¹.
Bluebottle USVs have greater power, payload and performance compared to known competitors and are able to navigate freely and indefinitely across the world’s oceans. Already Ocius is working with two major private-sector partners to develop USVs capable of undertaking specific high value applications in hydrography and defence.
The team at Ocius has been working patiently and intensely on this product for the past 5 years. We are focusing all of our experience, networks and love of the sea to create revolutionary Australian technology fit for the world’s oceans.
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