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US Ports to be Protected by Advanced Underwater Technology from VideoRay

uscgrelease VideoRay Awarded $2.2 Million Contract by Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) to Modernize the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Fleet.

VideoRay announced that it has been awarded a $2.2 million dollar contract by the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) of the US Department of Defense to modernize the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) fleet of VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV).

VideoRay systems have been employed by the Department of Homeland Security at various ports since 2003, inspecting ships and harbor infrastructure. The ROVs have been used for both routine and emergency responders to inspect ship hulls and individual pilings of piers and bridges for explosive devices, to help direct divers to an area of interest, to search for, and recover, evidence which has been discarded in a body of water, and to inspect an object or area of interest before deploying divers.

This contract will update all USCG VideoRay ROVs to the latest technology, including sonar, an improved non-acoustic navigation system, video enhancement, advanced ship hull inspection capabilities, and other improvements required to expand their role and work in challenging conditions. The CTTSO and USCG project includes requirements for 100% search coverage while assuring 100% probability of detection (POD) in very strong currents, with low visibility water.

“VideoRay is honored to be selected by CTTSO and the USCG for this contract” said Scott Bentley, President of VideoRay LLC. “The Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) within CTTSO has considerable experience and expertise in selecting the most effective tools from vendors in a competitive marketplace, then helping field those solutions effectively.

This contract will help take VideoRay’s dominant worldwide market position in underwater security and bring it to the next level, integrating our robots with the most effective sensors and software to accomplish very challenging underwater missions.”

Suppliers of sensors integrated on the new VideoRay configurations include KCF Technologies of State College, Pennsylvania, BlueView Technologies of Seattle, Washington, and Lyyn AB of Lund, Sweden.

VideoRay’s current ship hull crawler capabilities – which lead the industry – were critical in the selection of VideoRay in this contract. Through this contract CTTSO and the USCG will work with VideoRay to increase their flexibility and capability.

VideoRay Pro 4 Hull Crawler



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VideoRay Pro 4 ROV with Hull Crawler and Imaging Sonar.

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VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Underwater Crawling on a Shiphull.

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USCG VideoRay Pro 4 Training Class in 2011.

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About VideoRay:

With more than 3,500 Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) delivered around the world, VideoRay is clearly the global leader in Observation ROV technology. VideoRay is an extremely versatile, portable, affordable, and reliable solution for underwater operations including surveys, offshore inspections, search & recovery, homeland & port security, science & research, fish farming, and other unique applications in underwater environments. “Plug and play” technology allows you to quickly attach sensors and accessories in the field so you can successfully complete your mission. VideoRay is available on the General Services Administration.