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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.


Watch Video   https://youtu.be/AC9TQ5QeBVE




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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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Dec
29

VideoRay Pro 4 Quickly Proves Its Worth With California Sheriff’s Office

It didn't take long for a VideoRay Pro 4 to prove itself to the Yolo County Sheriff's Office in California. Since acquiring it in July 2019, the department has deployed the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to identify dozens of sunken vessels and participate in several search missions for drowning victims.

The latest assignment came on December 9, when the Pro 4 was dispatched to search for a 61-year-old fisherman who fell into the water from a steep embankment at Lake Berryessa, a popular recreational spot and the largest lake in Napa County.

Within two hours of the accident, Yolo's ROV team was on the scene to assist in locating the victim. Once dropped in the water, it only took the submersible 30 minutes to find the fisherman in 10 to 15 feet of water, according to Lieutenant Matthew Davis from the sheriff's office. A manipulator arm on the Pro 4 was used to help retrieve the victim, Davis noted.

He pointed out that this was the Pro 4's fifth search for a drowning victim this year, and the fourth time it was used to help recover a victim.

"Our ROV has been an asset to our agency, a number of surrounding agencies, and the public," Davis said. "To date it has performed flawlessly with no mechanical issues and little to no maintenance. Our ROV has proven itself to be a valuable asset and has assisted in providing closure to five families."

The Pro 4 was purchased with a grant from the Sacramento Regional Sanitation District. Its primary purpose is to serve as a multi-agency tool for inspecting derelict vessels, sunken vessels, and sunken debris for water clarity hazards within the Sacramento River and Delta region, according to Davis.

"Our ROV serves a secondary role as a search and recovery tool for multiple agencies along the Sacramento River and Sacramento Delta," Davis said. "The Pro 4 is also a regional and statewide search and recovery asset for the California Office of Emergency Services."

A VideoRay Pro 4 owned by the Yolo County Sheriff's Office in California approaches an improvised target during a training exercise.
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Dec
22

Happy Holidays From VideoRay!

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Dec
21

Snap it! Send it! Enter Our Photo Contest Today!

Have you entered our annual photo contest? We have some great prizes up for grabs and you can get free VideoRay merch, too! Just click here to submit your entries. Show us what you've got!

This VideoRay Photo Contest entry shows Remote Robotics owner and pilot Edward Henderson conducting a pre-dive inspection before deploying his VideoRay Pro 4 in the Highlands of Scotland. Photo by Jo Henderson.
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Dec
21

VideoRay U.S. Offices Closed Dec. 24-25 For Christmas, Jan. 1 for New Year's Day

VideoRay's U.S. offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 for Christmas, and Friday, January 1 for New Year's Day.

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Dec
21

VideoRay Recognized As Top Promising Drone Technology Solution

An international technology publication has recognized VideoRay LLC as one of the most promising drone technology solution providers for 2020. CIOReview, in its second annual edition of Drone Tech, identified VideoRay as one of 20 companies "that are at the forefront of tackling the current market challenges with their disruptive solutions."

A full-page article that is focused on VideoRay and its innovations appears in Drone Tech. Here is a link to the article: https://drone.cioreview.com/vendor/2020/videoray. The article is included in the publication's print and digital editions.

CIOReview is a leading technology magazine that provides a peer-to-peer learning platform for featuring the value proposition offered by leading technology providers. 

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Nov
17

VideoRay U.S. Offices Closed Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving Holiday

VideoRay's U.S. offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in celebration of Thanksgiving. Best wishes to all commemorating this holiday.
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Nov
12

Insights: 5 Reasons To Use ROVs For Inspecting Locks, Dams, And Reservoirs

There's a good reason many agencies use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to inspect locks, dams, and reservoirs. Actually, there are at least five good reasons.

Agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have relied on VideoRay for ROVs to tackle various assignments, such as inspecting trash racks for buildup of debris. Why? Here are five things that motivate them:

  • 1) Safety of divers – During visual inspections of infrastructure, divers could get stuck on debris or injured or killed at intakes that are supposed to be turned off. Divers working underwater in tandem with an ROV can typically accomplish more tasks under safer conditions.
  • 2) Cost savings – The reasonable cost of acquiring an ROV allows agencies to keep one "on the shelf" and ready to respond. Oftentimes, this can head off the expense of dispatching a dive team.
  • 3) Quick deployment – Because it's small and portable, an ROV can be set up and deployed in a matter of 30 minutes or less, depending on the situation. It typically takes longer to get divers deployed.
  • 4) Sonar can "see" more – An ROV equipped with sonar can help navigate around larger structures and find obstructions that otherwise would not be picked up during visual inspection by a diver.
  • 5) The assignment can be recorded – ROV cameras not only allow for visual inspection; they also can be used to record an assignment. Such recordings can then be included in inspection reports.
An ROV is an effective tool when it comes to inspecting infrastructure.
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Nov
03

VideoRay Pro 4 Plucks Lost Cell Phone from Swedish Lake -- And It Still Works!

Ooops! You accidentally dropped your cell phone in a lake! It's as good as gone, right? That's what a young woman in Stockholm, Sweden thought when her phone suffered that soggy fate back in August.

Fortunately, there's a very happy ending to this story, thanks to a commercial diver and his trusty VideoRay Pro 4. Not only did the diver recover the phone in 20 feet of water – it was in perfect working order!

Edvin Tousi and two of his colleagues weren't deliberately searching for the phone when they were at Lake Mälaren, just west of Stockholm, on September 27. The owner of Era Marine AB was there with his Pro 4 to check out a pontoon restaurant called Mälarpaviljongen that sits on the water. While inspecting the underside of the vessel, the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) spotted the phone on the lake floor.

After fishing the device out of the water using the Pro 4's manipulator arm, Edvin place it in his boat and returned to his office a few hours later. Much to his surprise, after charging the phone, he discovered that it was in great working order.

"The funny thing was, we didn't even try to dry it," he added.

Although the device was locked, on the phone's screen was a picture of a woman and man. Edvin decided to post a photo of the phone on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram, letting folks know where he found it and encouraging them to contact him if it was theirs. A few days later a local TV station picked up the story and interviewed Edvin about his unusual find.

He ultimately connected with a woman on Facebook, Olivia Frisendahl of Stockholm, who said she lost the phone the night of August 19 while at the restaurant. She jumped in the water in a vain effort to retrieve it and returned the next day with her boyfriend to search for it but came up empty-handed, Edvin said.

"She couldn't believe I found it, and couldn't believe that it still worked," he added.

Once the owner and phone were reunited, the TV station did a follow-up story and interviewed the happy couple.

Edvin noted that the Pro 4 and a VideoRay Explorer ROV that he also owns have been used to locate cars, boats, and even bicycles. He's found both submersibles to be very reliable since buying them about a year ago. 

Olivia Frisendahl of Stockholm holds the cell phone she lost in a lake. Fortunately, it was recovered by Edvin Tousi, left, and his trusty VideoRay Pro 4. Tousi, a commercial diver, found the phone a month after it was lost and discovered it was still in great working order.
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Oct
28

Insights: 5 Tips For Navigating VideoRay’s New Virtual Training Library

Looking for a reliable resource to better understand your VideoRay remotely operated vehicle (ROV)? Then check out our new Training Library! This is where you can find online lessons that are focused on technology, products, management, operation and maintenance of our ROVs.

There are several sections of the library that you can access. Here are tips to 5 key ones found on the main page to get started:

  • A good place to begin is the Table of Contents under the Introduction tab. This provides an overview of what's available in the library.
  • To get a handle on how to properly use the lessons go to the "About this Library" tab.
  • Under the "Curricula" tab you'll find in-depth courses for operators as well as technicians.
  • The "Downloads" tab at the bottom of the main page provides a link to various software downloads that are available on our website – www.videoray.com.
  • Find out what training we provide under the appropriately labeled tab "Training" that's also at the bottom of the main page.

More tips on what's available in the Training Library will be featured in a future Insights article. Stay tuned! 

Here's a screen shot from VideoRay's Training Library website.
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Oct
19

VideoRay’s French Dealer Makes Volatile Discovery With Pro 4

Routine maintenance testing recently of a VideoRay Pro 4 off the coast of France led to an "explosive" encounter – a British mine from World War II that weighed nearly 1,800 pounds. The munition was neutralized last week by French authorities.

The mine was discovered September 14 by VideoRay's French dealer, Neotek, between Groix and Lorient at a depth of approximately 108 feet, according to news accounts.

Jean-Yves Cueff, director of Neotek, said the Pro 4 was undergoing maintenance testing as part of an ongoing contract the company has with the French Navy, which owns the submersible. During the testing, the Pro 4 picked up a sonar echo.

"The echo in the background was quite clear. Then the mini-robot (Pro 4) walked over to see what it was," Cueff was quoted as saying in a newspaper account. In this case, it was " a mine weighing more than 900 kg, of the same type as the one we found four years ago northwest of Groix."

Cueff noted that Pro 4 maintenance testing is usually conducted in an old World War II submarine base, but because the weather and waters were calm on September 14, they decided to conduct the testing in the channel between Groix and Lorient.

He explained that once the mine was picked up during the sonar scan, the Pro 4 navigated to the bomb's location based on the sonar information. Several photos were taken with the Pro 4 and sent to contacts that Neotek has with an explosive ordnance disposal diving team. In turn, the team confirmed that the large object was a mine.

When the diving team and a support crew from GPD Atlantique arrived at the mine's location last week, they freed up the bomb of sand and silt that had accumulated around it before moving the device. It was then towed approximately three nautical miles to a spot where it was detonated, according to news accounts. The location was "a firing zone regularly used by marine commandos."

Cueff said that during World War II, several mines were set up in the channel area by British and U.S. military forces to destroy German submarines operating in that vicinity. He added that he believes more mines are in the area. Whenever these devices are discovered they are always considered highly dangerous because of their explosive potential, he said.

A VideoRay Pro 4's sonar discovered a large World War II mine off the coast of France in mid-September. Photo credit: Neotek.
The Pro 4's camera captured this shot of the large World War II mine recently found off the coast of France. Photo credit: Neotek.
Here's another photo taken by the Pro 4 that recently uncovered a large World War II mine off the coast of France. Photo credit: Neotek.
A diver checks out the World War II mine recently found off the coast of France. Photo credit: GPD Atlantique.
Here's another angle of a diver inspecting a World War II mine recently found off the coast of France. Photo credit: GPD Atlantique.
A metal harness is attached to a large World War II mine so the device can be relocated to a "safe zone" for detonation. The bomb was found by a VideoRay Pro 4 off the coast of France in mid-September. Photo credit: GPD Atlantique.
A large World War II mine recently discovered by a Pro 4 is detonated off the coast of France. Photo credit: GPD Atlantique.
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Oct
15

Shipments Of Defender Systems To U.S. Navy Attract Local Newspaper's Attention

The Pottstown Mercury, our local daily newspaper, published an article today regarding our first shipments of Defender remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems to the U.S. Navy as part of a $49 million dollar contract to deliver the Navy's Next Generation ROV. Read more about it here.  

A VideoRay Defender in action during an underwater deployment. Photo credit: Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A. Approved for public release.
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