PLOCAN and UTEK conduct preliminary trials of an unmanned autonomous vessel

The PLOCAN marine test-site has been the scenario that has hosted the first operational tests in open waters of an unmanned autonomous vessel addressed for environmental monitoring applications developed by the Spanish company UTEK. The concept and design are based on a commercial rubber-boat model of 6.7 meters in length suited by 175 hp outboard engine on which have been developed and integrated dedicated and state-of-the-art systems for both telemetry and control as well as vision and sensors intended for environmental monitoring and surveillance.

This new concept of autonomous, multifunctional and highly modular boat, offers unprecedented potential in terms of capabilities, applications and synergies between sectors, highlighting search and rescue, surveillance and protection of infrastructures and ports, as well as specific  tasks related to marine environment, improving and increasing aspects in the safety in the operation, efficiency and sustainability.

This innovative development, led by UTEK, has been carried out within the framework of the ECUVE (Environmental Control with Unmanned Vessels) project funded through EATIC 2018 program by the Ministry of Economy, Industry, Commerce and Knowledge of the Canary Islands Government through its Canary Islands Research Agency, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI), in which PLOCAN joined as partner.


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