Deep Vision will be presenting a preview of their Autonomous Maritime Persistent Surveillance (AMPS)module at the H2O Conference's On-Water Demonstration Day, June 5 at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Deep Vision is currently working, together with a local boatbuilder, to create a revolutionary Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) which passively and stealthily senses the environments using only the eyes and ears of AMPS.
Today's "autonomous" vessels are primarily remotely controlled, relying heavily on RF and other actively emitting, position revealing, sensors such as radar, lidar and active IR, thus making them highly vulnerable from a military and safety perspective. The integration of AMPS into the system enables such capabilities as, but not limited to, over-the-horizon operations, obstacle detection, obstacle avoidance, targeting, and task-oriented autonomous navigation, tracking and interdiction using only passive sensors (primarily EO but also ESM to detect radar dependent platforms from long range). Planned applications include remote Mine Countermeasures (MCM) operations, persistent perimeter surveillance (Watch-Dog), counter ASV operations, autonomous UAV launch and docking, and other tasks as yet to be defined. The next-generation ASV will be capable of performing all missions whilst “silent running”. Exciting times!