US Ports to be Protected by Advanced Underwater Technology

Submersible ROV manufacturer, VideoRay, has been awarded a $2.2 million dollar contract by the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) of the US Department of Defense to modernize the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) fleet of VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV).

VideoRay systems have been employed by the Department of Homeland Security at various ports since 2003, inspecting ships and harbor infrastructure. The ROVs have been used for both routine and emergency responders to inspect ship hulls and individual pilings of piers and bridges for explosive devices, to help direct divers to an area of interest, to search for, and recover, evidence which has been discarded in a body of water, and to inspect an object or area of interest before deploying divers.

This contract will update all USCG VideoRay ROVs to the latest technology, including sonar, an improved non-acoustic navigation system, video enhancement, advanced ship hull inspection capabilities, and other improvements required to expand their role and work in challenging conditions. The CTTSO and USCG project includes requirements for 100% search coverage while assuring 100% probability of detection (POD) in very strong currents, with low visibility water.

“VideoRay is honored to be selected by CTTSO and the USCG for this contract” said Scott Bentley, President of VideoRay LLC. “The Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) within CTTSO has considerable experience and expertise in selecting the most effective tools from vendors in a competitive marketplace, then helping field those solutions effectively.

Suppliers of sensors integrated on the new VideoRay configurations include KCF Technologies of State College, Pennsylvania, BlueView Technologies of Seattle, Washington, and Lyyn AB of Lund, Sweden.

Source: VideoRay