Greensea Systems, Inc. and SeeByte collaborate for ROV autonomy

Source: press release, 15 August 2022

Maritime robotics
Maritime robotics (photo: Greensea Systems)

In response to the growing demand for true ROV autonomy within the field of maritime Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robotics, two players in the industry, Greensea Systems, Inc., creator of the open architecture platform OPENSEA®, and autonomy and automatic target recognition (ATR) developer, SeeByte, have announced an ongoing collaboration.

The two companies have previously operated as competitors, both fielding software for ROVs, but recently recognised that to satisfy the emerging needs of key maritime robotics consumers such as the U.S. Navy, pooling intellect and experience through collaboration is the only way forward. As a result, for the first time, their complementary skill sets are working together under a DoD OTA (Other Transaction Agreement) led by the Defense Innovation Unit valued at USD 1.2 million with a potential value of USD 4.2 million.

“Autonomy is the right solution for the war fighter trying to use robots. True ROV autonomy for EOD robotics requiring advanced technology (over-the-horizon control, intervention autonomy, and automatic target recognition) will only happen at the pace customers demand through collaboration,” says Ben Kinnaman, Greensea CEO. “Knowing SeeByte has a great ATR product, which would complement our EOD product and integrate with OPENSEA, our robotics platform, I picked up the phone and asked SeeByte if they’d be interested in working with us on a Defense Innovation Unit solicitation. It has been fun, and we are fielding an awesome solution.”

“It is rare that two small companies start out as competitors in one area and progress to being partners for the benefit of the end user,” states Leverett Bezanson, SeeByte Engineering Manager. “This collaboration has been beneficial for both companies, as well as the customer. It speaks volumes that the management and engineering teams at both Greensea and SeeByte were collectively able to carve out the best-of-breed technologies from both companies, providing the best possible solutions for our customer.”

Ben Kinnaman continues, “Smart companies realise that the future of ocean business is about collaboration, building networked systems, and technology integration. Both Greensea and SeeByte recognise this, and we are looking forward to working together on several future projects.”