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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 accura...
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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 standardi...
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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 mee...
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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 ...
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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 liter...
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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. –  READ MORE (video)
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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 inc...
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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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July 6, 2016 - Norfolk Police Department Harbor Patrol Ready to Deploy VideoRay ROVs after Training

Homeland Security Grant provides underwater search, inspection, and recovery tools

The Norfolk Police Department Harbor Patrol recently completed training on over $100,000 of robotic equipment , and completed VideoRay Certified Pro 4 unit training at the harbor. The Harbor Patrol Unit partners with the United States Coast Guard to ensure the safe flow of waterborne critical assets transiting the Norfolk Harbor. Training of Harbor Patrol officers prepares members for natural disasters and terrorist acts. The recent VideoRay equipment will enhance the preparedness of these officers to handle port security. (link http://www.norfolk.gov/documentcenter/view/1003 )

This is the second VideoRay win at NPD – in 2003, the NPD purchased at VideoRay Pro 2 unit, which still functions. The latest equipment includes multi-beam imaging sonar from BlueView Technologies, Smart Tether from KCF, LYYN video clarification, and VIdeoRay's rotating manipulator, hull crawling, and radiation detection accessories. The five day training, completed in June 2016, included operations of all of the systems and accessory combinations, basic maintenance, and techniques for operating in very cloudy water with less than one foot of visibility.

Instructor Brett Kolb, with over 10 years of operational experience in all aspects of VideoRay operations, maintenance, and repair, was very impressed with the six member team from the Harbor Patrol Unit, commenting that they had clearly treated everyone with equal respect, and had gained the trust of everyone they worked with in Norfolk. They were also very familiar with different underwater handheld and sidescan sonar tools, and were impressed with the performance and integration of the VideoRay sonar, positioning, video, still photo, and manipulation functions.

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July 1, 2016 - VideoRay LLC Achieves ISO 9001:2008 Certification

New Certification Covers Design, Manufacture, Repair, Marketing, and Sales of Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) POTTSTOWN, PA. – Today VideoRay LLC announced that its management and quality control process, after an extensive multi-year audit, has been certified to the exacting standards of International Standards Organization 9001:2008....
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JUNE 30, 2016 – VideoRay Pro 4 assists in the Discovery of the Canadian schooner "Royal Albert"

Article on shipwreckworld.com
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June 29, 2016 – VideoRay Pro 4 ROV deployed from unmanned "Seagull" to investigate torpedo launch for the Israel Navy

​ The Jerusalem Post article
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June 17, 2016 - VideoRay and Oceaneering International Announce Basic Operator Training Classes

Training Courses to be held at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) facility located at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Sonny Carter Training Facility (SCTF) in Houston, Texas.

In partnership with VideoRay, Oceaneering International Inc. (OII) is pleased to offer VideoRay open enrollment Basis Operator Training classes at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) facility located at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Sonny Carter Training Facility (SCTF) in Houston, Texas.

With our unique location, organizations located in the greater Houston area can benefit by reducing travel related cost associated with training new VideoRay operators and maintaining proficiency for existing operators certified on the VideoRay ROV Pro 4 system.

This open enrollment basic operator training will provide students with a thorough understanding of the VideoRay ROV Pro 4 system, including setup, checkout and operations. Tips and techniques will be offered to assist students in VideoRay operational capabilities, along with breakdown, cleaning and operator maintenance. Through a progressive and proven method, the Basic Operator training course will help training participants develop knowledge of the VideoRay system and gain confidence in their operator skills.

Please refer to Oceaneering website for additional details regarding price, registration, and for planned training class dates. For more information you can also contact Mark Smith at 281-954-2221, or via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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May 25, 2016 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV used to Recover Drowning Victim

Search and Recovery in 15 minutes in Kentucky Lake   It started as a routine and repeated operation for Southeast Louisiana Underwater Search and Recovery, a group formed by a Retired Slidell Police Officer Mark Michaud with help from another retired Slidell Police Officer Roy McCann, from Slidell, Louisiana. They have made about 14 trips...
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APRIL 7, 2016 - Pope County Becomes One of First VideoRay ROV-Equipped Search & Rescue Team in Arkansas (VIDEO)

APRIL 7, 2016 - Pope County Becomes One of First VideoRay ROV-Equipped Search & Rescue Team in Arkansas (VIDEO)
VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Highlighted in Local News Segment on KTHV Pope County Emergency Management's VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was featured in a segment on KTHV News this week. Check out the video below to hear how Pope County's Search & Rescue Team is using their Pro 4 ROV in northwestern Arkansas. Video (via THV11)
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APRIL 5, 2016 - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Uses VideoRay Pro 4 ROV to Search for Drowning Victim (VIDEO)

APRIL 5, 2016 - Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Uses VideoRay Pro 4 ROV to Search for Drowning Victim (VIDEO)
Local Man Has Been Missing For Four Days In Percy Priest Lake Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is using their VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to search in Percy Priest Lake for Jeremy Cross, who's been missing since this weekend. The ROV has been searching for 4 days in waters with an average temperature of 50°F.  The Tenness...
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MARCH 31, 2016 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Locates Sunken Car During Training Exercise

MARCH 31, 2016 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Locates Sunken Car During Training Exercise

Mälardalen Fire & Rescue Recovered Car and Drowning Victim First Reported Missing in 2012 

A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) training exercise proved to be even more productive than normal for the Mälardalen Fire & Rescue (Swedish: "Mälardalen Brand & Räddningsförbund") , when they discovered a sunken car last November. A Pro 4 ROV equipped with BlueView imaging sonar located the car laying on its roof at the bottom of Elbakajen Harbor in Västerås, Sweden during a training exercise led by BUVI Undervatteninspektion AB, VideoRay's Swedish representative. The VideoRay ROV was able to get close enough to the vehicle to read the registration number which was then cross-checked with the automobile registry to confirm that it was reported missing. The Fire & Rescue team then used the VideoRay ROV to guide divers down to the car, where they discovered the remains of the presumed driver, an elderly man who has been missing since 2012. After the police were notified, the Mälardalen Fire & Rescue team began salvage.

It remains unclear how long the car and victim had been underwater, and no names or identifying information has been released by local police.

Mälardalen is the first fire department in Sweden to use a VideoRay ROV for their search & rescue (SAR) operations. Because of poor visibility in the surrounding water, Lake Mälardalen, the Fire & Rescue team acquired their Pro 4 to assist with underwater SAR missions. They currently have two trained ROV pilots on every shift, but plan to complete training for all their staff by the end of summer 2016, according to head diver Bengt Jacobsen.

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MARCH 14, 2016 - VideoRay and KSI Data Sciences Announce Partnership to Integrate MissionCaster HD Live Video Sharing Technology into VideoRay ROV Systems

Pottstown, PA – VideoRay, the largest volume producer of underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems is pleased to announce a new partnership with KSI Data Sciences, the leaders in video and data management for remote sensors, to provide MissionCaster® live video sharing technology on VideoRay Pro 4 and Mission Specialist Series ROV systems beginning in the summer of 2016.

MissionCaster is a mobile, network enabled (LTE), video encoder designed for remote sensing platforms that can securely broadcast live video to the cloud for real-time situational awareness, exploitation, and sharing to anyone in the world via a web browser and internet connection. It is part of the MissionKeeper™ cloud-based video and data management platform.

Initially conceived for the aerial drone market, MissionCaster transitions seamlessly to the underwater world making your VideoRay ROV missions available in real-time to anyone you choose to share with. The MissionCaster viewer's slick user interface not only displays the low-latency live video stream from the ROV, but also allows the viewing of a live, moving map with the ROV's positioning and mission history.

All video and data from the mission is compiled and can be set to automatically be sent to one of several popular online services such as Dropbox or Google Drive. If a network is unavailable at the mission site, MissionCaster can also archive the video and data onto a removable SD storage card (up to 512 GB).

From Scott Bentley, Founder and CEO of VideoRay LLC: "VideoRay has always been on the forefront of underwater technology, so we are thrilled to partner with KSI to bring our customers the best possible ROV experience. MissionCaster adds a much-needed capability to the Pro 4 and Mission Specialist Series ROV systems: easily and efficiently sharing a live stream to a larger audience."

From Jon Gaster, Co-Founder and CEO of KSI Data Sciences: "We are delighted to be partnering with VideoRay, their market leading ROV systems are a perfect complement for our video and data management and collaboration tools. We believe the market will be quick to recognize VideoRay's continuing success in providing solutions that address customers' complex operational issues."

The MissionCaster HD technology will be on display at Oceanology 2016 at ExCel London, UK in VideoRay's stand (L200) March 15-17, 2016.

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MARCH 10, 2016 - VideoRay ROVs Featured in Drone 360 Magazine

MARCH 10, 2016 - VideoRay ROVs Featured in Drone 360 Magazine
ROV Missions with National Parks Service Submerged Resource Center Showcased in March/April Issue  This month's issue of Drone 360 Magazine features an editorial piece about remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), highlighting VideoRay ROVs and their work with the National Parks Service Submerged Resources Center. The article features several stunn...
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