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OCTOBER 11, 2016 – Oceaneering/NASA/VideoRay Training Collaboration yields results for USCG and International Subsea Inspection Companies

New Classes taught at Neutral Buoyancy in Houston produce highest ratings from students – more scheduled soon

In September, the Oceaneering team at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy lab in Houston conducted their first two scheduled training classes on the use of VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs.) The first was for nine students from seven different Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) units. The US Coast Guard has standardized on VideoRay vehicles for over a decade, and maintains a nationwide fleet for homeland security tasks at ports. One student wrote in their evaluation "Valuable training and convenient location. Friendly and Professional staff", and another stated "The pool was a great tool for the training"

The second class was for seven students from three different organizations in the US and Canada – some new to VideoRays and ROVs in general. A student wrote "NBL provided an excellent venue to practice diving and troubleshooting ROVs. Staff were top notch and so helpful."

Oceaneering is uniquely qualified to provide this kind of training. From space to subsea, Oceaneering supports the oil and gas industry's underwater testing needs with the NBL, the NASA-owned facility once exclusively reserved for astronaut training. VideoRay has worked closely with the Oceaneering team to provide material and training support. 

The next class is scheduled for November 1-2.

Oceaneering Training - Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

NASA Sonny Carter Training Facility - Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

Certified VideoRay Training

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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, with human divers, searches took days and were dangerous to the divers. In fact, in Indiana alone, two divers perished in training accidents.

"These are dives that require heavy exertion in zero-visibility water with entanglement risks," said Fishers Fire Chief Steve Orusa, a diver for 30 years who authored a training manual on the subject. "If you can use sonar, boat-based or on a remotely operated vehicle, now you have the ability to keep the divers out of the water."

See Office Hash describe his use of system in his own words

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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 Press Release

PHOTO: Andy Goldstein, VP Engineering, VideoRay, Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea, and Colin Riggs, Sr. Engineer, Greensea, conduct testing with Mission Specialist ROV

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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 the Eiffel Tower, and are located in deep and turbulent waters. When designed, constructed, and put into service, no thought was given to their removal – but international rules require that they be decommissioned and entirely removed. Estimates of decommissioning costs exceed one hundred billion dollars, and the technology and techniques for doing this safely and effectively are just now being developed.

One such problem facing Dong is inspecting the oil storage tank of the Siri platform, including environmental sampling and inspection inside the tank. The tank's interior was never designed to be inspected, and access is very limited. The solution will be provided by Stinger Technology AS of Stavanger, Norway, a specialized systems integrator with tailored solutions to problems posed by working subsea in confined spaces. The challenge in this inspection was to get an ideal inspection tool that Stinger has had considerable experience with - the VideoRay Pro 4 - into exactly the right position to enter the tanks, and then to perform the necessary inspection and sampling without assistance from the surface while inside the tank.

To accomplish this, Stinger is developing the first-ever subsea tooling interchange system for a microROV, with several measurement tools and sampling tools to sample wax on the wall, sediments from the floor and emulsion from the oil-water interface. The VideoRay microROV collects water quality parameters, bathometric data from a scanning sonar and wax, sediment and emulsion samples from the oil/water layer. The bathometric data in combination with the ROV's depth sensor is used to generate sediment volume measurements, which are critical for the decommissioning process.

VideoRay's powerful and reliable Pro 4 series has been a mainstay of Stinger's innovative environmental survey systems for years. Using an industry standard larger system such as the Falcon to deliver it was an easy choice, and MacArney's deployment expertise – used successfully with other VideoRay systems recently, will ensure the success of this mission.

"It is always a pleasure working with VideoRay" said Bjarte Langeland, the CEO of Stinger. "I can count on VideoRay to help me customize and enhance their standard products for these extremely difficult projects from my demanding clients."

Stinger's New Falcon ROV

 PHOTO CREDIT: Stinger AS -  This picture of the subsea system under development shows the current state of the project.Note the Tether Management System holds 125m of neutral Videoray tether, and the unique design assure constant tension when reeling in and out. Under the TMS a sampling toolbox holds the various tools for the Pro4, which will be picked up by the manipulator and interchanged during the mission without surfacing. The integration was carried out by Bjarte Langeland, Chief Executive Officer/ BSc/ Founder and his team at Stinger AS

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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. Language barriers, shipping logistics, currency fluctuations, and myriad rules, regulations and restrictions can keep them from even considering sales outside U.S. borders.


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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 were unpredictable. After placing a side scan sonar unit in service in 2014 the team was looking for the next step and an alternative to always placing divers in waters which often have bottoms covered with trees. In addition, some calls involved falls through a layer of ice – something that is also extremely hazardous for human divers.

At the request of Special Operations Battalion Chief- Gordon Wallace, Captain- Vincent Baker's team at Fire Station 11 was asked to look into what an ROV could do for the department. When they read about the capabilities of new observation-class ROVs – small, portable, rugged, and reliable – and equipped with sonars and grabber claws, they realized they had a possible answer. Interviews with other agencies, and the local US Coast Guard unit steered them to VideoRay LLC, in nearby Pottstown, as the vendor with the best fit for their requirements. A procurement and training class for Station 11 was conducted during the summer of 2015.

Howard County has already used the equipment for a dam inspection, which resulted in urgent repairs that the county did not expect. In exercises with a rescue manikin, they have demonstrated the ability to locate and recover a victim inside an hour, and are confident they are prepared to respond to underwater emergencies that arise.


CBS News Coverage

Baltimore Sun News Coverage

PHOTO CREDIT:  Captain Vincent Baker - Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services

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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

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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.

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

​A rare 18th 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: [article]   [interview]

Newsday (video)

Washington Times

Wall Street Journal

CNN (video)\

CBC (video)

Sloop Washington - bow to mid-ship Roger Pawlowski

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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. The equipment was initially procured in 2002 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. This modernization of equipment will increase current capability, reliability and standardize USCG equipment to increase operational flexibility and reduce logistical burdens when cross-decking equipment and training personnel.

VideoRays are the most popular underwater robot in the world, selling more units than all competing manufacturers. It dominates the market for homeland security operations and defense, with large fleets in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Norwegian Coast Guard, French Navy, Saudi Border Guard, Taiwan Coast Guard, Korean Navy and the Dutch Navy, among others.

The US Coast Guard with VideoRay Pro 4 ROV systems used for Port Security equipped with Multibeam sonar and hull crawling accessories (PHOTO CREDIT: Craig Thorngren)
USCG launches the VideoRay Pro 4 for a hull security sweep (PHOTO CREDIT: Craig Throngren)

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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".

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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 accurate Pro 4 depth gauge, is 300.89 meters deep - surpassing the current record of 202 meters for Dean's Blue Hole on Long Island in the Bahamas. A blue hole is a roughly circular sinkhole. The name reflects the color contrast between the dark blue inside the hole compared with the light blue waters surrounding it.

This hole, traditionally known as Longdong, or "Dragon Hole," is located at 16.31 degrees north latitude and 111.46 degrees east longitude in Yongle, a major coral reef in the Xisha Islands.

Providing technical and sales support for the dive was Alvin, the managing director of long term VIdeoRay representative in China, Beijing Ocean Seeker, Ltd.


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Beijing Ocean Seeker Website

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Sansha Government

Guangming Online

New China News

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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 standardizes on Pro 4 systems, have accomplished for several years. A focus will be Search and Recovery operations, potentially dangerous tasks for which the Italian Coast Guard is frequently called upon.

VideoRays are the most popular underwater robot in the world, selling more units than all competing manufacturers. It dominates the market for homeland security operations and defense, with large fleets in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Norwegian Coast Guard, Saudi Border Guard, Taiwan Coast Guard, Korean Navy and the Dutch Navy, among others.

Representing VideoRay in this highly competitive tender was iROV Underwater Services  of Treviso. The managing director of iROV, Mauro Stasi, was in charge of the ROV operations during the Costa Concordia wreck removal project, where VideoRay ROVs played a crucial role. During this operation, over 50,000 hours of video were orded by the VideoRay fleet over two years, with most operations running 24 hours a day.

Costa Concordia VideoRay News Story

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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 meet the requirements of underwater inspection and repairs, underwater bottom surveys, hydrographic reconnaissance, and the defence of Indian Navy maritime assets, as well as conduct underwater victim rescue and recovery, defend territorial seas, deter underwater swimmer intrusive or aggressive acts, conduct maritime Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), and ensure safe rite of passage and protection of maritime assets. The vehicles VideoRay will provide represent state of the art for these tasks, and will be based on VideoRay's new Mission Specialist platforms.

VideoRays are the most popular underwater robot in the world, selling more units than all competing manufacturers. It dominates the market for homeland security operations and defense, with large fleets in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Norwegian Coast Guard, Saudi Border Guard, Taiwan Coast Guard, Korean Navy and the Dutch Navy, among others. The Indian Navy systems will be more customizable and capable than any competitive system, due to the unique capabilities inherent in the Mission Specialist Architecture.

Representing VideoRay in India during the procurement process was Pan India Consultants Pvt. Ltd., a dominant player in India cutting edge solutions for difficult underwater tasks. VideoRay is proud to partner with Pan India on this major procurement.

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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.


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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 used to locate, re-acquire, and identify a range of underwater targets and explosive devices. SeeByte software makes this difficult operation easy, with minimal training compared to operations with less capable systems. The order was placed through NEOTEK, VideoRay's authorized business partner in France.

VideoRays are the most popular underwater robot in the world, selling more units than all competing manufacturers. It dominates the market for homeland security operations and defense, with large fleets in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Norwegian Coast Guard, Saudi Border Guard, Taiwan Coast Guard, Korean Navy and the Dutch Navy, among others.

SeeByte, a subsidiary of Battelle, provides products and services to major government and commercial clients around the world. Battelle is a leader in maritime technologies, enabling rapid development and deployment of solutions for government and industry. CoPilot is the world's most advanced, easy-to-use, plug-and play software, and makes piloting an ROV a much simpler task. CoPilot assists EOD teams in a variety of applications - from re-acquiring and identifying targets, to salvage missions - so EOD teams can easily navigate a small compact vehicle through dangerous environments.

NEOTEK has more than 20 years of experience in the marine and defense industries and offers products which meet a high quality standard. VideoRay is proud to have partnered with NEOTEK throughout the lengthy evaluation and acquisition process.

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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 literally "shape" each vehicle.

Mission Specialist: Caviblaster Configuration

The first system is used for subsea cleaning with a Cavidyne Caviblaster, an innovative and ideal solution for many applications where growth of barnacles, other sea life, or corrosion need to be removed from underwater infrastructure, such as weld seams on offshore rigs, or vessel hulls. The system is based on the principles of cavitation, when collapsing bubbles generated by a proprietary system create a vacuum that quickly and safely removes fouling materials. There are several advantages of this system over conventional high pressure blasting, grit blasters, barnacle blasters or brush cleaning:

The lance is balanced and designed for the VideoRay MSS system, the ROV controls are not impacted when the Caviblaster is in use.

The lance grip nozzle system is compact, enabling cleaning of geometrically complex surfaces.

All types of marine growth, from seaweed to hard well-attached barnacles, are easily removed, with only one pass, saving time and money.

Surfaces with paint, varnish or anti-fouling coatings are not disturbed when cleaned, and heavy metals or other contaminants are not released into the water.

The cavitation system leaves a smooth surface that retards biological growth and decreases cleaning frequency.

Caviblasting system components are similar to pressure washing systems, however the system uses nozzle with a cavitational water plume. The cavitation plume is powerful enough to clean any surface, while and at the same time it does not damage painted surfaces. A topside compressor, powered by electricity, gasoline, or diesel delivers high pressure water to a lance that generates the cavitation. VideoRay's Mission Specialist system delivers the lance to the surface to be cleaned, as a topside operator maneuvers it and confirms cleaning progress. The Mission Specialist approach is much more efficient and effective than bolting a cleaning lance to an existing remotely operated vehicle and attempting to compensate or alleviate the problems that result from this mismatch of form factor and hydrodynamics. The Mission Specialist Caviblasting system use a balanced and efficient cavitation plume to perform specialized underwater cleaning jobs.

Since working conditions offshore or other areas that are hard to access, a smaller portable vehicle is highly preferred. VideoRay's Caviblaster configuration optimizes the placement of the Caviblaster tool for handling and hydrodynamics, and allows the lance to be adjusted for different conditions and phases of a cleaning job. The camera is placed so it has a good view of the working area. The overall system is as lightweight and portable as possible while still being able to operate with a significant payload in currents.

Mission Specialist: Aquaculture Inspection Configuration

The aquaculture inspection requirements range from simple visual inspections near the surface in complex areas with strong currents to fully instrumented inspections of deep moorings. VideoRay developed a MSS configuration to address these tasks. The system includes the following:

  • Mission Specialist 6 thruster vehicle with 4 vectored and 2 vertical thrusters
  • A BlueView 900-130 multibeam sonar
  • An Applied Acoustics Easy Track USBL System integrated with the vessel's navigation system
  • A rotating manipulator with 5 interchangeable heads
  • Two HD cameras
  • A MacArtney electric winch

The ROV system has about 60 lbs of thrust which allows it to work in strong currents. A quick release payload package skid which houses the sonar, manipulator, positioning beacon and auxiliary camera allow for rapid change from one configuration to the other, saving time and eliminating the drag and weight of unnecessary accessories.

Our team at VideoRay are working on new configurations which will be announced in the near future.

Visit the VideoRay Mission Specialist section of the website.

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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.

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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 includes compliance of all interconnected components during operation - most IP65 ROV systems from competitors (including laptops) are only compliant if they are operated stand alone on internal batteries. IP65 compliance delivers all-weather and small unprotected vessel operational capabilities – in fact VideoRays are the only systems that can handle active operation in these conditions.

The IP Code, International Protection Marking Definition

Visit VideoRay website for more detail for the VideoRay Pro 4 IP-65 Control Panel

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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)

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