Thanks to VideoRay's exclusive partnership with SeeByte, the leader in awareness control software for unmanned vehicles, Pro 4 ROV systems now offer navigation, real-time monitoring, and DP (Dynamic Positioning) control to MicroROV users for the first time. This revolutionary upgrade simplifies and enhances the VideoRay user experience by allowing full automation on a level not available anywhere else in the Inspection Class ROV market. CoPilot provides effortless and automatic navigation to underwater locations all while following a pre-defined mission regardless of changing currents and rough sea conditions.
VideoRay CoPilot by SeeByte will dramatically shorten search-time and increase confidence that areas have been fully and accurately assessed. A pre-planned, computer-automated mission eliminates human error and ensures full coverage of the entire search area on the first time. The operator uses the CoPilot software to map out a flight path and the ROV begins following it at the operator's command. The computer controls the thrusters to manuever the ROV along the planned route, unless the operator decides to alter the route, pause the ROV, or fly to a target for a closer look. Paths can be saved and repeated, furthering shortening mission time.
With CoPilot, ROV operators can fully focus on the true task at hand, whether they are searching for drowning victims, recovering objects, inspecting vessels or tanks, or detecting explosives. Tank or vessel inspectors and crime scene investigators no longer need to worry about missing sections of their search areas – CoPilot leaves no stone unturned.
Despite the advanced technology incorporated into CoPilot, the Pro 4 remains as portable and easy-to-use as ever. A single operator can easily plan and conduct missions using the software's simple user-friendly interface. The lightweight ROV maintains its minimal power requirements and compact size, allowing for one-man deployment and retrieval of the ROV by hand using the tether as an umbilical - no cranes or winches necessary. Whether working in a potable water tank or inspecting the hull of a large vessel in rough seas, operators can begin reaping the benefits of CoPilot's capabilities on the very first mission.
VideoRay and SeeByte have developed three different CoPilot packages to accommodate different capabilities: Sonar CoPilot, Survey CoPilot, and RI (Reacquire Identify) CoPilot.