A Wave Glider SV2 is launched in Monterey Bay. (Liquid Robotics)
Two companies have developed a wave-powered robot for maritime security. The Wave Glider, from Liquid Robotics, has been mated with the Sentinel Passive Acoustic Sensor from Ultra Electronics, according to an announcement by the two companies.
"Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders will host the Sentinel Passive Acoustic Sensors in conjunction with additional weather, optical, communications and computing resources to provide real time maritime domain awareness," the companies said. "Able to operate 24x7, through all weather conditions, the Wave Glider reduces the risk and costs to long duration maritime security."
The Sentinel Passive Acoustic Sensors will detect waterborne targets and transmit the data to shore, ship or airborne command stations. This makes the system suitable for area surveillance, perimeter trip wire notification, marine mammal monitoring and data collection, environmental data collection and defense missions.
“Countries around the globe are losing valuable natural resources and economic opportunity without the ability to persistently patrol their coastlines, MPAs [Marine Protected Areas ] and EEZs [Exclusion Economic Zones],” said Liquid Robotics CEO Bill Vass. “This strategic partnership will bring to market a powerful solution with the ability to help close this gap globally.”