Posted: February 20, 2017 3:45 PM

SeeByte Integrates Neptune Software Into Multirole USV

EDINBURGH, U.K. — SeeByte, a Battelle company, and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK), a specialist in delivery of innovative maritime systems, have successfully integrated SeeByte’s Neptune software onto AEUK’s Atlas Remote Combined Influence Minesweeping System (ARCIMS) unmanned surface vessel (USV) mission system, Seebyte said in a Feb. 20 release.

ARCIMS is an unmanned surface vessel specifically designed for multirole applications including mine countermeasures, anti-submarine warfare, hydrography and security. ARCIMS hosts the AEUK autonomy engine specifically developed for towing mission systems and includes collision avoidance capabilities.

This agreement sees SeeByte and AEUK develop the next generation of advanced autonomy for ARCIMS; SeeByte’s smart software integrated onto the ARCIMS USV to offer adaptive autonomy. This allows vehicles to react and adapt their missions according to feedback from their sensors. It also provides the capability to link ARCIMS with other autonomous platforms to work collaboratively on common goal-based missions.

Neptune is an adaptive planning tool for optimizing the execution of USV operations. It supports high-level, goal-based mission descriptions and allows the matching of mission requirements against vehicle(s) capabilities. Neptune also includes behaviors capable of adapting the mission based on changes in the environment, assets and mission objectives; benefits which will be useful for future unmanned operations.

“AEUK is always looking for ways to bring to market technology that is ahead of the game,” said AEUK’s Dave Motson. “Autonomy is an area that is currently taking off with previously unseen capabilities frequently being developed. Our partnership with SeeByte brings together the best of both organisations to ensure we retain our market lead. ARCIMS integrated with Neptune really does provide autonomy capabilities that will open up a range of new possibilities for end-users.”



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