gCaptain.com had a chance to speak with Brian Luzzi, Sales & Marketing Coordinator, of VideoRay about their ROV products. Here is what he had to say.
For what type of tasks do most of your customers use the VideoRay for?
VideoRays are employed in a number of tasks around the world including Aquaculture, broadcast & film, hydroelectric plants, Law enforcement applications, marine life observation, offshore oil & gas applications, port and homeland security, potable water tank and pipe inspection, science & research, shipwreck and archeological surveys, and yachting & sport fishing. New applications for the VideoRay are appearing at an increasing rate.
What are VideoRay’s and how do they differ from other underwater ROV’s?
The VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is one of the smallest, portable, affordable, and most capable observation class ROVs available in the world. With more than 1200 Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in service around the world, VideoRay has clearly become the global leader in Micro-ROV technology. Starting at just $5,995 USD and weighing just 8 pounds, VideoRay is as an extremely versatile, portable, affordable, and reliable solution for underwater operations including surveys, offshore inspections, search & recovery, homeland & port security, science & research, fish farming, and other unique applications in underwater environments. “Plug and play” technology allows you to quickly attach sensors and accessories in the field so you can successfully complete your mission. VideoRay is also currently available on the General Services Administration (GSA) schedule.How did the idea for VideoRay come about?
By Scott Bentley – President & Founder VideoRay LLC
The idea to introduce the world’s smallest ROV came to me while skydiving over the North Pole three years ago. During the trip, my friend Bob Christ and I visited the Shirshov Institute in Moscow, which developed the Mir manned submersible that explored the Titanic.
Scientists at the Institute were working on a microROV that would be small enough to enter other parts of Titanic and the WW2 Japanese I-52 submarine. Bob and I were fascinated, and we started investigating whether anyone was selling microsubs commercially. We were fortunate to find Inuktun in Canada, a company with a design for an 8-pound ROV that had been proven over a decade of use and engineering. We purchased the technology and started VideoRay with dream of introducing divers and underwater explorers to an affordable ROV that could go places no other ROV could go.
VideoRay is the only proven, personal ROV on the market, with hundreds of units in operation in around the world. We’ve continually honed the VideoRay, but we have held fast to our original missions of affordability, portability, usability, and safety in a micro ROV.