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Underwater drone uses RTI connectivity platform

Systems are connected automatically, enabling multiple streams to run at once without manual configuration

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Historically, underwater drone technology was only available to the military and oil and gas sectors
Historically, underwater drone technology was only available to the military and oil and gas sectors

OpenROV, a developer of tools for marine intelligence and exploration, has selected Real-Time Innovations’ (RTI) connectivity platform for its Trident underwater drone.

 

OpenROV is introducing the out-of-the-box, advanced underwater drone, built on RTI’s Connext DDS connectivity software, with the aim of unlocking access to the ocean for consumers, marine exploration, and industry researchers.

 

Historically, advanced underwater drone technology was only available to the military and oil and gas industries.

 

Each OpenROV Trident is equipped with a built-in camera that produces multiple video streams, which are transmitted through a tether and bridged to a user’s device via wi-fi. The vehicle’s software is tasked with maintaining the balance between delivering low-latency, high-quality video and dealing with the realistic bandwidth and reliability constraints that the physical network imposes on the system.

 

Connext DDS enables OpenROV to ensure that all videos are both streamed live and recorded (in case the wi-fi connection is ever interrupted), while delivering low-latency, high-resolution video to customer devices as they pilot the vehicle.

 

Connext DDS also connects all of these systems automatically, enabling multiple streams to run at once without manual configuration.

 

OpenROV’s team successfully completed its initial video streaming implementation using Connext DDS in two days. They realised the benefits of the framework, as the engineering team could focus on its application data and business logic, without worrying about connectivity and performance.

 

“The Connext DDS framework enables us to rapidly enhance interoperability between the technical aspects of our products, improving the way we utilise multiple vehicles at once and the way we expand the capabilities of each individual vehicle,” said Charles Cross, software engineer at OpenROV.

 

“Additionally, it allows us keep track of where and when connectivity issues arise, so we can both solve the issues at hand and learn from them to improve future developments,” said Charles Cross, software engineer at OpenROV.

 

“Together, OpenROV and RTI are enabling the development and widespread expansion of technologically advanced underwater drones via enhanced and reliable connectivity solutions,” said David Barnett, vice president of products and markets at RTI.

 

“We look forward to continuing our work together to develop these systems across industries, deploying them for the intelligent Industrial IoT systems of the future.”

 

 

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