VideoRay News Feed

Up to date news from a global leader in Underwater ROV technology.
Oct
03

October 3, 2016 - VideoRay ROVs Keep Indiana DNR Safe in Four Separate Drowning Victim Recoveries

Each deployment this year was successful in rapid underwater location of victim, giving families closure without risk to divers IndyStar today released an extensive report on the benefits of VideoRay ROV systems in use by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Jim Hash of the DNR recounted that the systems found victims in hours, where before...
Continue reading
  3272 Hits
0 Comments
3272 Hits
  0 Comments
Sep
29

September 29, 2016 - VideoRay's Mission Specialist Integrates Greensea Operating Platform for Navigation and Control

Richmond, Vermont USA — 18 September 2016 — Greensea, creator of OPENSEA™, the universal marine industry operating platform, has been selected by VideoRay as the software provider for the new Mission Specialist ROV. Greensea provides navigation, advanced autopilots, and automation for VideoRay's powerful new customizable vehicle. READ the Greensea ...
Continue reading
  2906 Hits
0 Comments
2906 Hits
  0 Comments
Sep
27

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 – Stinger prepares unique VideoRay fly out system from Seaeye Falcon, for North Sea Oilfield Decommissioning Services

Delivery System sends VideoRay with Subsea Interchangeable Tooling to Inspect and Collect Interior Samples for of Large Storage Tanks Offshore The problem facing Dong Energy in the North Sea is daunting. More than 500 platforms that have produced oil and gas for years are coming to the end of their productive lives. Many of these rival the size of ...
Continue reading
  3303 Hits
0 Comments
3303 Hits
  0 Comments
Sep
22

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 – VideoRay featured in the KEYSTONE EDGE: "‘Bringing the World to Pennsylvania,’ one company at a time

'Bringing the World to PA,' one company at a time By Elise Vider on August 25, 2016 For Pennsylvania companies making everything from heavy vehicles and aerospace equipment to snowboards and candy, international markets are boosting the bottom line. But exporting goods and services across the globe can be daunting, especially for smaller companies....
Continue reading
  2560 Hits
0 Comments
2560 Hits
  0 Comments
Sep
13

SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 – Howard County Fire and Rescue Relies on New ROV technology to Work Underwater Rapidly, Efficiently, and Safely

Remotely Operated Vehicle serves as "Dive Team" Pottstown, PA -  In 2015, Howard County was facing a challenge with their many underwater response calls. They averaged one drowning a year plus several additional calls for the many reservoirs within the county. Each call required a mutual aid request from an outside agency, and response times w...
Continue reading
  3042 Hits
0 Comments
3042 Hits
  0 Comments
Sep
09

September 9, 2016 – Alaska State Troopers use VideoRay to Aid in Search & Rescues

September 9, 2016 – Alaska State Troopers use VideoRay to Aid in Search & Rescues
Read the " Underwater Eyes " article in the Alaska State Trooper Times Training Video (Download)
  3934 Hits
0 Comments
3934 Hits
  0 Comments
Sep
01

September 1, 2016 – California Institute of Technology Wins first prize at RoboSub Competition with Prototype VideoRay Thrusters

September 1, 2016 – California Institute of Technology Wins first prize at RoboSub Competition with Prototype VideoRay Thrusters

Team's collaboration with VideoRay yields many improvements to design and implementation of new technology

VideoRay thrusters have played a crucial role in many of the winners and top teams at Robosub over the years. At the 2015 competition Mark Fleming, VideoRay's San Diego employee, had a unique offer. Teams who could use the brand new technology in VideoRay's "Mission Specialist" thrusters almost a year before they were commercially available. This allowed VideoRay's engineering group to receive feedback on all aspects of the thrusters – performance, durability, features, and software. While several teams received thrusters, none were as serious or as demanding as Cal Tech's team.

Early in their testing several materials issues arose, and not only did Caltech provide feedback, they wrote a technical paper on their analysis and recommendations. These issues were then addressed before customer shipments. Other suggestions on improvements to control and feedback software are being evaluated for implementation in future releases.

The collaboration with Caltech has resulted in the industry's most powerful, efficient, and advanced thruster in this size and weight category. The fact that is both more powerful and efficient was key to victory in a battery-powered environment like Robosub. Control and feedback are far more advanced than any other option, including VideoRay's previous industry-leading Pro 4 and Pro 3 thrusters.


We greatly appreciate the help we received from Caltech, and look forward to working with their robotics teams for years to come.

Continue reading
  3258 Hits
0 Comments
3258 Hits
  0 Comments
Aug
24

August 24, 2016 – VideoRay Pro 4 Explores Rare 18th Century Sloop Washington Discovered in Lake Ontario

​A rare 18 th century built sloop, Washington (also known as Lady Washington ), has been discovered in Lake Ontario off the shores of Oswego, New York by a team of shipwreck explorers. Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Roland Stevens. The team used a VideoRay Pro 4 to explore the shipwreck. News Coverage:  Shipwreck World Fox News : [ art...
Continue reading
  3388 Hits
0 Comments
3388 Hits
  0 Comments
Aug
17

August 17, 2016 – United States Coast Guard Nears Completion of Major Underwater Vehicle Upgrade

VideoRay Equipment – Standard for 14 Years – Now More Capable for Observation, Recovery, and Protection from Terrorism   VideoRay today announced that the United States Coast Guard is close to the completion of the modernization and phase replacement of the Maritime Safety and Security Teams and Regional Dive Lockers VideoRay ROV equipment. Th...
Continue reading
  3679 Hits
0 Comments
3679 Hits
  0 Comments
Aug
16

August 16, 2016 – Learning about Renewable Energy from Goto Sea

​Japan Foundation uses the VideoRay Pro 4 as part of the Japan and the Ocean program for elementary school childern

On July 14th , elementary school children from Goto city participated in an experiential learning program to study about renewable energy and the local environment. About 90 students in the 5th and 6th grades (11 and 12 years old) had the opportunity to visit an offshore windfarm off the coast of Sakiyama, as well as learn from experts.

This event was organized by the Japan Foundation as a part of their national "Japan and the Ocean" program. This was the second opportunity for Goto city to host the program, this time focusing on "Marine renewable energy, fishery promotion and science".

Continue reading
  3331 Hits
0 Comments
3331 Hits
  0 Comments
Aug
10

August 9, 2016 – World’s Deepest Blue Hole Verified by VideoRay Pro 4 in South China Sea

Researchers use Remotely Operated Vehicle to explore and discover 20 species of fish Last week researchers from Sansha Ship Course Research Institute for Coral Protection, supported by Sansha City Government in south China's island province of Hainan, unveiled new research on a previously unmeasured blue hole. Its depth, measured by the very accura...
Continue reading
  2927 Hits
0 Comments
2927 Hits
  0 Comments
Aug
02

August 2, 2016 – Italian Coast Guard Purchase more than €200,000 worth of VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Equipment

ROVs will be used for Underwater Police Tasks, Search and Recovery, Archeological Monitoring, Environmental Surveys, and other tasks VideoRay today announced that it has delivered VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs to the Italian Coast Guard , along with sonars and accessories. These will be used for many of the same tasks that the US Coast Guard, which standardi...
Continue reading
  4066 Hits
0 Comments
4066 Hits
  0 Comments
Jul
28

July 28, 2016 - VideoRay makes public $1M award by Indian Navy

​ Customized Mission Specialist Systems to be used to underwater security teams  VideoRay announced a contract was awarded in the first quarter of 2016 with the Indian Navy. This contract was the result of a highly competitive procurement process for a fully upgradable Military Configured Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to the Indian Navy to mee...
Continue reading
  4140 Hits
0 Comments
4140 Hits
  0 Comments
Jul
27

July 26, 2016 - Expert VideoRay Operator uses Pro 4 to find Locomotive missing since June of 1910

Boulders on track caused wreck to tumble into depths over 200 feet; pictures and video show remarkable preservation

This story starts over a hundred years ago when a steam locomotive, a tender, and two box cars hit rock fall debris and fell off a Cliffside rail into Lake Superior. Three crew members died in the accident, but the missing rail equipment was not found until 2014, where one of the box cars was located by Terry Irvine of Ingersoll, PN, Paul Turpin of Discovery Charters in Rossport, ON and Bob Krause of Schreiber, ON. They vowed to return and continue to search, and two years later they did. On July 22nd, Tom Crossmon of Duluth, MN offered his 24 foot Lake Assault boat, ROV, and considerable ROV experience to a crew that also consisted of Ron Benson, Todd Janquart, Dave Schlenker, and Mac Schlenker. Tom's VideoRay Pro 4 ROV could spend unlimited time at any depth that the search would require, and was equipped with imaging sonar. This high tech search tool, combined with Tom's skill and a bit of luck, allowed him to located the locomotive and the remaining cars, and to image them along with the divers after the location was determined.

Recounting his experience, Tom noted "I was blown away to be the first person in 106 years to see this train as were the others on the boat with me." There are plans to return to the wreck site in August to do more documentation of the remarkably good condition it is in.

Continue reading
  3570 Hits
0 Comments
Tags:
3570 Hits
  0 Comments
Jul
19

July 19, 2016 - VideoRay Wins $1.5M USD Order from French Navy for Autonomous ROV Systems

Copilot RI Equipped Pro 4s use Dynamic Positioning Software From SEEBYTE for Mine Countermeasures Pottstown,PA - VideoRay today announced that it has received an order for multiple Copilot RI Systems from the French Navy. These specialized systems, based on the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV with multi-beam sonar and Doppler velocity log positioning, are ...
Continue reading
  4713 Hits
0 Comments
4713 Hits
  0 Comments
Jul
13

VideoRay Newsletter Q3 2016: The Mission Specialist Series Arrives

Modular Components Enable Optimized Vehicle Configurations for Specific Applications VideoRay is rolling out two initial MSS vehicle configurations optimized for two specific job requirements. Each vehicle uses the same core modular components (cameras, lights, thrusters, etc.), but operating environment and mission payload requirements quite liter...
Continue reading
  3310 Hits
0 Comments
3310 Hits
  0 Comments
Jul
13

July 13, 2016 - Clinton Marine Survey Select VideoRay

VideoRay and BUVI VideoRay Sweden Welcome Clinton Marine Survey as a VideoRay Customer Clinton Marine and BUVI recover a missing transponder during a training exercise. –  READ MORE (video)
  3579 Hits
0 Comments
3579 Hits
  0 Comments
Jul
13

VideoRay Newsletter Q3 2016: Pro 4 Full Qualified and Certified IP65 Topside

Many underwater vehicle missions – particularly in the defense and first responder sectors, require operations from small, open boats in high seas or heavy rain. VideoRay is now delivering Pro 4 topside control panels that are fully qualified and certified IP65 compliant – which means they are certified to operate in these conditions. This inc...
Continue reading
  22357 Hits
0 Comments
22357 Hits
  0 Comments
Jul
12

July 12, 2016 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Used in Search and Recovery of Country Music Star's Son

Body of Craig Morgan's son found after Tennessee River search. The Tennessean article  (July 11, 2016)
  3585 Hits
0 Comments
3585 Hits
  0 Comments
Jul
05

July 6, 2016 - Norfolk Police Department Harbor Patrol Ready to Deploy VideoRay ROVs after Training

Homeland Security Grant provides underwater search, inspection, and recovery tools

The Norfolk Police Department Harbor Patrol recently completed training on over $100,000 of robotic equipment , and completed VideoRay Certified Pro 4 unit training at the harbor. The Harbor Patrol Unit partners with the United States Coast Guard to ensure the safe flow of waterborne critical assets transiting the Norfolk Harbor. Training of Harbor Patrol officers prepares members for natural disasters and terrorist acts. The recent VideoRay equipment will enhance the preparedness of these officers to handle port security. (link http://www.norfolk.gov/documentcenter/view/1003 )

This is the second VideoRay win at NPD – in 2003, the NPD purchased at VideoRay Pro 2 unit, which still functions. The latest equipment includes multi-beam imaging sonar from BlueView Technologies, Smart Tether from KCF, LYYN video clarification, and VIdeoRay's rotating manipulator, hull crawling, and radiation detection accessories. The five day training, completed in June 2016, included operations of all of the systems and accessory combinations, basic maintenance, and techniques for operating in very cloudy water with less than one foot of visibility.

Instructor Brett Kolb, with over 10 years of operational experience in all aspects of VideoRay operations, maintenance, and repair, was very impressed with the six member team from the Harbor Patrol Unit, commenting that they had clearly treated everyone with equal respect, and had gained the trust of everyone they worked with in Norfolk. They were also very familiar with different underwater handheld and sidescan sonar tools, and were impressed with the performance and integration of the VideoRay sonar, positioning, video, still photo, and manipulation functions.

Continue reading
  3532 Hits
0 Comments
3532 Hits
  0 Comments