A60N Subsea Testing - Fremantle, Australia

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  • Octopus Self-Cleaning Camera
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View Into The Blue designed and built a system to monitor offshore subsea materials and equipment testing at A60N’s Subsea Test and Research (STAR) Lab. Installed offshore in partnership with A60N the live stream debuted at the annual Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference (AOG).  A60N’s Managing Director, Paul Georgeson, spoke at the event about strategies to lower new technology implementation risks and efficiently solve long term historical problems related to the operation of subsea equipment.

AOG marked the opening of A60N’s Subsea Test and Research Lab. STAR Lab is located in Fremantle, Western Australia, and is the original Carnegie Wave Energy test facility. The installation took four days, and was a collaborative effort between the VITB and A60N teams as well as the senior engineer at Carnegie, Daniel Taylor. The VITB camera system and multiplexer were deployed on individual sinkers offshore. The cabling led from the STAR Lab facility, under the road through conduit, and out through a pipe off the breakwater. Finally, a team of commercial divers from Total Australian Marine Solutions (TAMS) deployed and cabled the system offshore. The public footage from the installation is available on the VITB website.

The VITB camera system will enable A60N to monitor biofouling rates, corrosion, and other testing in extremely harsh Australian conditions. In the coming months, computer vision algorithms will be applied to video data to more closely monitor biofouling, environmental conditions, and other testing variables.

VITB and A60N share the common goal of solving a vast array of subsea problems. VITB’s President and Director of Research and Technologies, Trevor Mendelow, said of the project and partnership, “This is an exciting time in environmental and system monitoring in the age of the internet of things. The pace of technology development and artificial intelligence solutions will allow industries like Oil and Gas to realize considerable savings and prevent environmental disasters with sophisticated predictive maintenance and anomaly detection.”

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Arrow Electronics Interview - Boulder, CO

Tech Specs:

  • Arduino Pro Mini
  • Raspberry Pi 3
  • Power Relays
  • Linear Actuators

Arrow Electronics has recently released an interview featuring View Into The Blue’s President and CEO Trevor Mendelow. Mendelow explains the technical architecture of the monitoring systems featured in Netflix’s Chasing Coral. Arrow’s Zach Wendt proposed the interview to VITB as a means not only of showcasing VITB’s unique technology, but also to inspire viewers to create custom systems with off-the-shelf components. The video highlights VITB’s technology and speaks to the difficult process of creating systems capable of capturing sub-sea, time-lapse imagery of coral bleaching events.

As Mendelow mentions in the interview, VITB wants to go even farther with its technology and streamline the monitoring systems so they are even smaller and even more efficient. While the off-the-shelf, consumer products have worked well in the past, VITB sees a market niche for increased hardware and software capabilities. To help VITB create this dynamic “blackbox”, the company has turned to Microsoft’s IoT and AI Innovation Lab. VITB is working with Microsoft to develop better monitoring systems equipped with more sensors and with ML and AI. These improved systems will be smart, not just in appearance. Software engineers will help VITB make the systems intelligent in every way. VITB looks forward to another installment with Arrow to document these improvements.

Arrow Electronics provides “products, services, and solutions” to industrial and commercial technology and electronics users. Based in Denver, CO, Arrow interacts with customers through a collection of video content featuring interesting and novel applications of products offered by Arrow.

VITB is proud to work with the Chasing Coral team as they work to expose the urgent issues facing the world’s coral reefs. The documentary serves to open the public’s eyes about what is happening below the ocean’s surface and what needs to be done to preserve these essential and magnificent ecosystems.

https://www.arrow.com/en/research-and-events/videos/underwater-camera-using-raspberry-pi-and-arduino

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Marine Oceanographic Observatory - McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

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View Into The Blue designed and built the world’s first live-streaming, underwater observatory in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean. The Marine Oceanographic Observatory (MOO) offers a candid glimpse into the frigid and remote environment below the Antarctic sea ice in the farthest southern accessible marine environment in the world. VITB is celebrated the successful deployment of the system on November 11th, 2017. The University of Oregon’s Dr. Paul Cziko, lead researcher for the project and onsite technician, collaborated with VITB in the design and build of the MOO system that was installed in McMurdo Sound.

VITB’s President and Director of Research and Technologies, Trevor Mendelow, said of the challenges of building the MOO, “From the integration of new technology into our system to the logistics of travel and transport, this project required exceptional attention to detail and understanding of the consequences associated with working in such extreme conditions. The planning process was meticulous and production had to be perfect, but this project was well worth the excess time and effort. The information gleaned form the observatory will be the first of its kind and we are proud to be at the forefront of research in this field.”

The MOO serves to characterize the benthic habitat and the underside of sea ice, to provide real-time surveillance of oceanographic conditions, and to observe underwater ice growth dynamics as they relate to freezing risk in Antarctic fishes. The site will also allow for the year-round observation of fish and invertebrate behaviors. Finally, this project will form a baseline dataset of temperature, which may be important to understand the effects of climate change.

In addition to a VITB’s camera system, other sensors will record essential data. A research-quality OceanSonics icListen hydrophone is included that will record the first, year-round hydro acoustic record for McMurdo Sound. A SeaBird-37 CTD will provide valuable salinity, pressure, and temperature data, which has never been recorded on a yearly basis. VITB also supplied on-demand LED lighting that will improve imaging capabilities of the system. This will enhance the likelihood of viewing weddell seals, orca and minke whales, and various species of penguin.

VITB looks forward to offering remote support to the U.S. Antarctic Program for the MOO and will continue to build novel and robust monitoring systems fit for deployment in challenging environments.

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Microsoft IoT and AI Lab - Redmond, WA

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Microsoft taps View Into The Blue to participate in prestigious Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Insider Lab in Redmond, WA on August 25th, 2017.  View Into The Blue® will collaborate with Microsoft engineers to further develop their products that allow for exceptional self-cleaning, subsea viewing and environmental monitoring throughout the ocean.  View Into The Blue® has begun introductory talks with the Insider Lab and can expect to do an initial “sprint” as early as September.

View Into The Blue®’s President and Director of Research and Technologies, Trevor Mendelow, said of the nomination and acceptance to the Insider Lab, “This opportunity will translate to the development a powerful monitoring and research tool for all subsea and other ecosystems. The world needs more shared digital databases to better answer complex questions about the natural world, and the development work we will be doing in the lab will expedite this enormously.”

Microsoft’s Insider Lab specializes in accelerating the development of IoT and AI solutions.  The Insider Lab offers View Into The Blue® the opportunity to customize and streamline hardware and software to create a shared database and platform that is revolutionary.   

The company’s acceptance to the lab comes on the back of the release of Netflix’s Chasing Coral, which featured View Into The Blue® underwater, livestream monitoring systems as the primary means of capturing and documenting massive coral bleaching events across the globe.  View Into The Blue® was encouraged to apply for the Insider Lab after a connection to Microsoft saw Chasing Coral and recognized the company’s potential. 

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