|Using Swimming Robots to Make our Harbors Safe|
Boston, MA – July 6, 2009 – Boston Engineering was recently awarded a Homeland Security Phase I SBIR to develop a complete system for inspecting oil tankers while they're full of oil.
It is a system-level solution including a unique swimming vehicle based on Boston Engineering's proprietary GhostSwimmer technology that provides efficiency, maneuverability and payload integration capability that is largely unavailable in other platforms. The $100k Phase I includes development of advanced sensing to perform in-liquid inspections with accuracy and reliability, a challenge when considering an oil-environment. Additionally, Boston Engineering's Phase I work provides design and prototyping in support of a potential Phase II demonstration.
The Boston Engineering system, named BIOSwimmer, is an end-to-end solution that includes the critical components of such a mission; swimming vehicle, sensing, post processing and control. BIOSwimmer leverages current similar prototypes as well as the robotics, in-oil inspection and sensing experience of the team. This phase of the program is scheduled to be completed in November 2009 and has the potential to be applied in other areas of homeland security including harbor protection and ground-based tanker inspection.
About Boston Engineering Corporation
As an outsourced engineering services firm, Boston Engineering offers turn-key electrical, mechanical, software, and controls engineering development services for clients in industries such as electronics, medical, defense/homeland security, energy and environment, manufacturing and robotics. Boston Engineering's interdisciplinary systems approach follows a proven methodology that combines a focus on accelerated time to market with a Total System Responsibility™ (TSR) philosophy.
Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems / Robotics Group
Boston Engineering’s Advanced Systems / Robotics (ASR) Group is engaged in various technology development programs, including being heavily active in the SBIR/STTR program.
Advancing Unmanned Vehicle Technologies
Current customers include the US Navy, US Army, and Department of Homeland Security and current programs include advancing Unmanned Vehicle technologies, developing advanced AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), creating advanced intelligent UGV (Unmanned Ground Vehicle) payloads, non-conventional actuation technologies, integrated sensing solutions, and more.
The Boston Engineering ASR Group leverages its technology and relationships to create world-class solutions and teams. The group’s expertise covers many areas in robotics and automation (Military, Commercial & Industrial) including but not limited to: Autonomous ground, underwater, hull-crawling and non-conventional mobility systems; Biology-inspired (biomimetic) systems and vehicles; Ruggedized, harsh environment, inspection, and maintenance robots and systems; and Robotic/other payloads including stabilized turrets, Comms and more.
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