aColor demo onboard Alamarin-Jet Research Vessel

The aColor project uses Alamarin-Jet's research vessel to help develop develop autonomous and collaborative capabilities between aerial, underwater and surface vessels.

Finnish waterways played host to an interesting USV-project this summer as Alamarin-Jet, working together with Finland’s Tampere University of Technology(TUT) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), platformed the aColor (Autonomous and Collaborative Offshore Robotics) Project aboard the Alamarin-Jet Research Vessel.

A three-year long project, aColor looks to use evolving technology to develop autonomous and collaborative capabilities between aerial, underwater and surface vessels. Common areas of interest for Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (UAV) include underwater surveys (mapping/inspections), recovering and launching fixed wing UAV from moving surface vessels, and Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.

Launched in January of this year, aColor’s first objective, using the Alamarin-Jet Research Vessel, was to demonstrate the autonomous capabilities of the USV.  Communication from a shore control centre (SCC) to the USV and simple obstacle avoidance in inland waters with heavy traffic were successfully demonstrated last month using a route between Laukontori and Viikinsaari.

Further demonstrations for the aerial and underwater systems are planned over the next two years, with the ultimate goal of achieving air, water surface and underwater inspections using just one autonomous robotic system.

Click here to see Seawork exhibitor Alamarin-Jet’s Research Vessel in action during this summer’s aColor trials.

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