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Sep
23

Marklesburg Fire Co. adds new VideoRay PRO 5

Marklesburg fire chief Marlin Hunsicker, left, and his father Brian, right, who serves as fire company president, pose with the fire company's new underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) the company recently purchased and will be placing in service. The new camera system replaces one initially purchased a few years ago.

On Aug. 18, 2012, 16-year old Clay Bishop jumped off the cliffs near Susquehannock campground on Raystown Lake and didn't surface. Unfortunately, after a three-day massive search involving many agencies, divers and rescue services, Bishop's body was recovered not far from where he entered the water.

The event initiated a fund drive for the Marklesburg Volunteer Fire Company to purchase a VideoRay underwater camera system and associated components for use in drowning events. Fortunately, the camera system has not had to be used on many occasions.

Nearly a decade after Bishop's drowning, the fire company recently announced it has traded in the original camera system and has secured a new one with updated features. Eliminating as much added cost as possible, fire company officials decided against purchasing all the "bells and whistles" that came with the new system and maintained some components of the original system like tethers to keep the cost of the new system to a minimum.


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Sep
14

RE2 Robotics uses the VideoRay Defender for the US Navy Maritime Mine Neutralization System

Maritime Mine Neutralization System will utilize RE2 Sapien™ Sea Class robotic arms

PITTSBURGH, PA – Sept. 14, 2021 RE2 Robotics, a leader in intelligent mobile manipulation systems, today announced that it has received a $9.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research to create an underwater robotic system for the autonomous neutralization of underwater mines for the U.S. Navy. The program, called Maritime Mine Neutralization System (M2NS), will utilize the RE2 Sapien™ Sea Class system to precisely place and attach neutralization devices to underwater mines and water-borne improvised explosive devices (WBIEDs).

RE2 will serve as the systems integrator for this program. In addition to RE2 Sapien Sea Class, the M2NS will use components, including RE2's advanced computer vision and autonomy software, RE2 Detect™ and RE2 Intellect™, to enable the precise, autonomous, and clandestine neutralization of a target.

"The detection and neutralization of WBIEDs and other underwater explosives is a critically dangerous task for Navy divers. Consistent with our mission of improving worker safety, the M2NS will enable the Navy to find and autonomously neutralize targets in deep ocean waters, while experienced divers supervise from a safe distance," said Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics."

The M2NS comprises best-in-class technologies such as RE2's Sapien Sea Class arms and VideoRay's Defender remotely operated vehicle (ROV), which both exhibit unprecedented power density. In particular, RE2 Sapien Sea Class arms, which were originally designed and developed for the ONR, feature a compact, strong, electromechanical design with human-like dexterity (7-function per arm) that is neutrally buoyant. The fusion of these key technologies provides superior strength and precision while manipulating neutralization devices.

"The M2NS will use RE2 Detect computer vision software to locate targets underwater, and RE2 Intellect to autonomously and precisely place devices on those targets," said Dr. Amanda Sgroi, director of computer vision and autonomy at RE2. "We also will integrate new sensors to provide situational awareness and aid autonomy, allowing the system to potentially navigate to extended depths in the ocean."

In addition to defense tasks, the human-like capability of the M2NS allows it to be used for complex offshore infrastructure and maintenance applications in the oil & gas and renewable wind industries. For example, M2NS can be used for weld inspection of rig piles, ships and FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) systems; mooring inspection and measurement; and valve inspection and manipulation.

About RE2 Robotics

RE2 Robotics provides the RE2 Sapien™ family of robotic arms, RE2 Detect™ computer vision software, and RE2 Intellect™ autonomy software to enable intelligent mobile manipulation systems that operate in a variety of complex indoor and outdoor environments. RE2's systems help companies in the aviation, construction, defense, energy, and medical industries to enable remote operations, improve worker safety and efficiency, and reduce operational costs. Visit www.resquared.com to learn more about our company, our people, and our robotic technologies.

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Sep
03

VideoRay invites you to our Insights Presentation, September 9, 2021

Please join us for this "VideoRay Insights" Premiere Virtual Presentation

VideoRay's new Mission Specialist Expeditionary Products (September 9, 2021 10:00am EDT)

Learn first-hand from VideoRay's Technical Support team about the new Expeditionary products.

What are they? How can you use them with your existing VideoRay systems?

  • If you operate in the elements, don't miss updates on VideoRay's new Splashproof Controllers
  • If you operate in strong currents, you will learn about vehicle battery options that use small-diameter communication tethers and our new tether deployment systems.

This presentation is the first in a series of virtual presentations designed to provide in-depth Insight into VideoRay products, operations, and maintenance. You will learn about new products advancements and operational tips and tricks from VideoRay experts, leading-edge suppliers, and customers.

For more information and to register for the Insights Presentation, please click here.

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Aug
13

New Mission Specialist accessories allow VideoRay systems to work in even stronger currents and rougher sea conditions

VideoRay has released new battery options for powering and operating MISSION SPECIALIST systems. VideoRay's surface Portable Power Supply can replace generators with no noise, fumes, or burdensome ventilation requirements. Users can also move the ROV's power source to the submersible. Submersible Vehicle Batteries allow small-diameter, low-drag Communication tethers that allow operations in stronger water currents.

The new Portable Power Supply uses either readily available (and transportable) Lead Acid or Nickle Metal Hydride (NiMH) or more powerful Lithium-Ion (Li) batteries. It is approximately the form factor of frequently used gasoline generators, but since it does not require ventilation it can be stowed wherever there is space.

Submersible Vehicle Batteries allow for the use of small diameter communication tethers and significantly reduce the system's operational footprint and extend the system's maximum tether length. Communication tethers are delivered on an Expeditionary Tether Deployment Reel. These enhancements simplify the system and make it easier to deploy extending the tether length and therefore the operational reach. Vehicle batteries are available in nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) or Lithium (Li) chemistries. Without power loss through the tether, Submersible Vehicle Batteries provide more power at the submersible than traditional surface-supplied power.

When the system uses vehicle batteries, the tether only has to transmit a communications signal. While standard VideoRay tethers will still work, customers can now opt for small-diameter, low-drag Communication tethers. Communication tethers are available in either copper or fiber. Both copper and fiber communication tethers measure 3.5mm in diameter. Copper Communications tether can be used up to 550m or 1,804 ft. and is rugged, simple, and field repairable. If your operations require a longer tether length, the Fiber Communication tether extends to lengths of 2,000m (6,562 ft). Communications tethers are ideal for tunnel penetrations, hydroelectric and other infrastructure inspections

One of the critical benefits of the new products is that they are backward compatible and work with every MISSION SPECIALIST System that VideoRay has sold. With whatever the installed accessories and sensors, any vehicle can work with any of these new control or power options. This flexibility allows existing assets to be used in two basic configurations. In Expeditionary mode, the system is configured to minimize the ROV operational footprint. In Workhorse mode, the system is configured to maximize the power of the ROV system. These new features not only demonstrate the continuous improvement that VideoRay users rely on, particularly with our MISSION SPECIALIST series, but also the protection of their investment in our company and solutions.

VideoRay DEFENDER shown with Subsea Vehicle Battery
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Aug
12

VideoRay Announces $7M Annual Navy Mission Specialist Defender Purchase

Delivery Order supports program-of-record fleet increases for Maritime Expeditionary Standoff Response System (MESR) Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)

VideoRay LLC of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, today announced that it has received a major order for additional Mission Specialist Defender systems for the US Navy MESR program. These ROV systems are being built at VideoRay headquarters in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and will ship through the end of the calendar year. Each system includes software, sensors, and tooling from Greensea, Blueprint Subsea, Nortek, and Eddyfi Technologies.

This order is VideoRay's third order for the program since its first award in 2019. In addition to shipments to the US Navy, VideoRay sells and supports systems to several allied navies around the world. Similar system sales to commercial customers with demanding infrastructure inspection challenges are increasing along with defense shipments. Overall, VideoRay projects revenue in 2021 to grow more than 50% compared to 2020.

"Our growth with our Mission Specialist sales, including the Defender is exciting and gratifying" said Scott Bentley, Owner and Chief Executive Officer of VideoRay. "Our technology – with its unique capabilities, reliability, and portability are achieving the goals the Navy has set for us in the EOD world. I'm particularly proud of system modularity which allows us to keep the Navy operational, minimizing their downtime. We are in the process of upgrading and adding modules to systems we delivered in 2019, giving our customers capabilities we did not even consider when they were initially delivered."

ABOUT VideoRay

VideoRay delivered its first ROV in 2000 and has since become the world's leading manufacturer of underwater, portable, inspection-class ROVs. VideoRay underwater robots help prevent terrorism, find and retrieve objects, inspect infrastructure both inland and offshore, and keep divers safe from hazardous conditions. Operators prefer VideoRay systems because they are optimized for intuitive operation, performance, size, weight, payload, and deployment speed. To learn more about VideoRay, visit videoray.com or call at +1 610-458-3000.

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Aug
11

When weather conditions deteriorate, keep working with VideoRay's new Mission Splashproof Controllers

VideoRay has released new Splashproof Controllers for MISSION SPECIALIST systems. The two new splashproof controllers are available for surface power (Workhorse) and vehicle power (Expeditionary) operations. The new controllers are ideal for wind farm installation and inspection, for example, when working in an exposed environment.

VideoRay's Mission Specialist Expeditionary Controller is a tablet-based controller with an ergonomic interface optimized for tight workspaces. The Controller can be handheld, extending the operator's mobility.

The Mission Specialist Workhorse Splashproof Controller follows VideoRay's traditional control console form factor. This Controller uses the Mission Specialist Expeditionary Controller - the tablet mounts as the display and is used with VideoRay's sealed hand controller. The Workhorse Splashproof Controller converts surface power and transmits it to the submersible for continuous operation.

One of the critical benefits of the new Splashproof Controllers is that they are backward compatible and work with every MISSION SPECIALIST System that VideoRay has sold. Any vehicle can work with any of these new control or power options regardless of installed sensors or accessories. This flexibility allows existing assets to be used in two new configurations. In Expeditionary mode, the system is configured to minimize the ROV operational footprint. In Workhorse mode, the system is configured to maximize the power of the ROV system. These new features not only demonstrate the continuous improvement that VideoRay users rely on, particularly with our MISSION SPECIALIST series, but also the protection of their investment in our company and solutions.

VideoRay Splashproof Operator Controller
VideoRay Workhorse Splashproof Controller
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Aug
10

VideoRay is heading to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) ‘21 in Houston, TX

VideoRay is heading to the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, TX, August 16 – 19, 2021  

We're looking forward to exhibiting at this years' OTC Show. Make sure to stop by our booth #1459. We'll have new products and our 4,400-gallon water tank for ROV demonstrations. You might want to try piloting a Mission Specialist DEFENDER or PRO 5.

You can schedule an ROV demonstration or meeting with a VideoRay Representative by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you and talking about your operations and challenges. When your mission must succeed the first time…depend on VideoRay.

We'll see you in Houston.

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Jul
29

VideoRay Diving into the future

​Diving into the future: Panama City-area students getting certified in underwater robotics

PANAMA CITY — Some young students attending AMIkids Panama City Marine Institute for summer camp soon could have industry certifications in underwater robotics.

About 50 school-aged students are attending AMIkids PCMI for summer camp and some of them have been working to get industry certified in underwater robotics.


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https://www.newsherald.com/story/news/local/2021/07/28/panama-city-florida-marine-institute-hosts-summer-camp-to-train-students-underwater-robotics/7968626002/




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Jul
20

VideoRay Search and Recovery in Walworth County, Wisc.

WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. -- Authorities used a VideoRay ROV to recover a 22-year-old Illinois man's body from Geneva Lake. He was found in approximately 128 feet of water.

Full story: ​https://www.cbs58.com/news/officials-searching-for-person-who-went-missing-in-geneva-lake



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Jul
02

VideoRay - Happy Birthday America!

In honor of America's Birthday, VideoRay will be closed Monday, July 5th, 2021 We hope you enjoy your holiday with friends and family.

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Jun
23

VideoRay - Dye Injector used in Pacific County, Washington

Integrated Underwater Services used the Dye Injector when a Customer from Pacific County, Washington, requested help to find a leaking valve in a dam.

Troy Gessner began his career underwater, working in the diving and subsea construction industry for 25+ years. He worked as a Diver, Supervisor, and SME for global clients focusing on ROV and deep-water projects.

Troy's company, Integrated Underwater Services, LLC, is focused on safety and quality to help clients with underwater and floating assets find a better way to manage maintenance, inspection, and repairs. Looking ahead to new technologies, or creating them, Troy and the IUS Team have developed and are using their new Dye Injector.

Integrated Underwater Services used the Dye Injector when a Customer from Pacific County, Washington, requested help to find a leaking valve in a dam. The IUS Team injected dye into various locations to monitor the dye's path to the treatment plant. The Dye Injector prototype was fitted onto a VideoRay PRO 4 ROV, and Troy is proud to say the prototype Dye Injector lived up to expectations.

"Our client was very happy with this solution. They have been drawing water from a valve they thought was sealed for years, and this clearly showed it was drawing water from the bottom of the reservoir into the plant. We have already repaired one intake at this location using divers, and we are discussing more work to seal off the intake valve seen in the dye injection video. In addition, we will incorporate the PRO 4 into our diving projects to reduce risk to divers by performing site assessments in any suspected Delta P environment".

As Troy noted, the client now has accurate data to plan long-term permanent repairs to the water inlet structure at the dam. "We are working with them to implement safe, cost-effective solutions using our PRO 4 ROV and diving capabilities to maximize safety and value for their infrastructure funding resources. This project continued our commitment to the use of ROV technology to keep divers out of high-risk environments whenever possible. The fact that we can save our clients' money in the process makes our services more attractive, especially for smaller municipalities."

Keep your eye on Troy Gessner and Integrated Underwater Services, LLC, and keep them in mind when you need an underwater expert. To learn more about IUS, please visit https://www.iusdiving.com

Dye Injector in use.
PRO 4 with Dye Injector
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Jun
11

RELEASE: VideoRay Integrator Program

June 11, 2021, Pottstown, PA - VideoRay announced today it launched an Integrator Program. VideoRay developed the program to address growing customer demand for the customization of VideoRay's Mission Specialist products. VideoRay's Integrator program will bring best-in-class technology sensor and tooling manufacturers, as well as software developers together, resulting in specialized mission configurations. VideoRay will leverage its worldwide distribution network, expanding the reach of our integration partners worldwide. The Integrator program will have two main focus areas – Customers and Integrators.

VideoRay customers will gain access to more sensor, tooling, and software integrations, including autonomy and artificial intelligence. Integration engineering and production will follow VideoRay's ISO-9001:2015 process procedures ensuring a high level of quality control. All Integrations will come with VideoRay's industry-leading 2-year warranty. VideoRay's award-winning Customer Support team will support all integrations.

Certified Integrator partners will have access to interface control documentation, including models, communication interfaces, and mount locations. In addition, VideoRay will distribute integration products through VideoRay's worldwide distribution network. VideoRay equipment has been sold into more than 50 countries worldwide. Integrators may also sell Integrations with VideoRay equipment directly through their distribution networks earning discounts on VideoRay equipment they resell.

"The Integrator Program will make VideoRay Mission Specialist products like the Defender and Pro 5 mission specialized solutions which better address our customer's challenges." Stated Scott Bentley, CEO of VideoRay LLC.

Mark Waller, Managing Director of Proceanic, Ltd. reported, "Proceanic is collaborating with VideoRay and an Integration partner to explore potential new uses of Mini-ROV Mounted, Robotic Technology in the Offshore Sub-Sea Industry, turning Observation and Light Intervention ROV systems into much, much more. Over recent years, Proceanic has found the VideoRay Mission Specialist Technology to be the ideal platform for new tooling, new technologies, and new paradigms in underwater intervention with Mini-ROVs"

VideoRay's Integrator program will address our customer's challenges with successes in mind. The program will expand sensor, tooling, autonomy, and artificial intelligence offerings on VideoRay Mission Specialist products. If you are interested in applying for the VideoRay Integrator program, please visit www.videoray.com/integrator/apply. Whatever the task, whatever the Mission, consider VideoRay when failure is not an option.

ABOUT VideoRay

VideoRay delivered its first ROV in 2000 and has since become the world's leading manufacturer of underwater, portable, inspection-class ROVs. VideoRay underwater robots help prevent terrorism, find and retrieve objects, inspect infrastructure both inland and offshore, and keep divers safe from hazardous conditions. Operators prefer VideoRay systems because they are optimized for intuitive operation, performance, size, weight, payload, and deployment speed. To learn more about VideoRay, visit videoray.com or call at +1 610-458-3000.

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Jun
10

VideoRay - Recovery Efforts in Deadly Plane Crash

​Crews wrap recovery efforts in deadly plane crash on Percy Priest Lake

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Crews were back on the water Tuesday as investigators continued to work to determine what caused a small jet with seven people on board to crash into Percy Priest Lake.

When you are working with a debris field that's a half mile wide and underwater, you are bound to face some challenges. Divers say while the water is shallow, it's black with no visibility.


Full story  https://wreg.com/news/crews-wrap-recovery-efforts-in-deadly-plane-crash-on-percy-priest-lake/


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Jun
07

VideoRay - SonarTechnology in Lake Superior

This is a video that was done on Crossmon Consulting, LLC and the technology we use for searching underwater. The video was created for a documentary on a missing man in the state of Vermont.


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May
28

VideoRay Search and Recovery in Colorado

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — UPDATE, May 23: Search crews have recovered the body of a 25-year-old paddleboarder who went missing Saturday afternoon at Big Soda Lake.

CPW said it used a towfish sonar unit to find the body and recovered it by a remotely operated vehicle.

The name of the paddleboarder has not been released.


CPW NE Region@CPW_NEThe body of the victim at Bear Creek Lake Park was recovered overnight by our Marine Evidence Recovery Team and turned over to the Jefferson County coroner. The body was discovered using a towfish sonar unit (picture 1) & recovered by a remotely operated vehicle (picture 2).9:50 AM · May 23, 2021

Full story:  https://kdvr.com/news/local/divers-searching-for-missing-paddle-boarder-at-big-soda-lake/

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May
19

Expeditionary Mine Countermeasures

​Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 expeditionary mine countermeasures (ExMCM) company 2-2 prepare to launch a Mark 18 Mod 2 unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) from a rigid-hull inflatable boat during an ExMCM certification exercise (CERTEX) on April 12, 2021, in Panama City, Fla. The CERTEX brings together all of the components of the ExMCM company, composed of a command and control element, an unmanned systems platoon, an EOD platoon, and a post-mission analysis component, in order to conduct the full spectrum of mine countermeasure detect to engage mission. US Navy photo

Full story: https://news.usni.org/2021/05/10/expeditionary-mine-countermeasures-community-advancing-technology-tactics-for-high-end-fight


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May
13

May 13, 2021 - SEAMOUNTS OF THE GALAPAGOS

​Hiding beneath the sea surface of the Galapagos Marine Reserve lie hundreds of underwater volcanic structures known as seamounts. They are too deep to study by scuba diving, so little is known about their habitats. This November 2018 scientists will be use a remotely operated vehicle to explore several uncharted seamounts. Will these structures be biodiversity hotspots or barren moonscapes? Will we find undescribed reef ecosystems? Discover new fish communities or identify critters never seen before? Follow along to find out!

https://fieldnotes.nationalgeographic.org/expedition/exploringseamountsgalapagos


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May
05

VideoRay onboard with US Navy EOD Technicians

PANAMA CITY, Florida (April 13, 2021) –Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians assigned to EOD Mobile Unit (EODMU) 2 expeditionary mine countermeasures (ExMCM) company 2-2 prepare to launch an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV). See link for full story and photos.

  https://www.dvidshub.net/image/6599487/eodmu2-exmcm-company-completes-certex 

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Mar
11

March 11, 2021 VideoRay ROVs Protect Busy Ports

VideoRay ROVs Protect Busy Ports and Waterways

The VideoRay Defender ROV requires a robust, high-density power delivery network (PDN) for powerful thrust to enable acute maneuverability under challenging conditions. (Photo: VideoRay)


Port security and surveillance, mine countermeasures and underwater search and rescue are all dangerous missions that should no longer put lives or vessels at risk. Where sustained, mission critical underwater inspection or exploration is required, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are the safest and most effective way to maintain security, support salvage efforts and uncover secrets of the ocean.

https://www.marinetechnologynews.com/news/videoray-protect-ports-waterways-608999



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Dec
30

Every VideoRay ROV Picture Tells A Story. What’s Yours?

Share it with us in our photo contest and you might snag a great prize, not to mention free VideoRay swag! Find out more about the contest here.

James Colebourn of Blueprint Subsea took this photo of a VideoRay Pro 4 just after a successful mission to explore the bottom of Wast Water in the Lake District National Park, UK. At 258 feet, Wast Water is the deepest lake in England.
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