October Update 2019

16 October, 2019

Robert Dane


Since our last update:

  • Pacific 2019
  • Ocius signs contract with Thales Australia
  • Bob and Bruce attend Australian Autonomous Vessel Forum

Pacific 2019

On Day One we started at dawn, deploying two Bluebottle Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) off the coast performing ‘bistatic sonar’. Just like at Autonomous Warrior Wargames and on Lake Burley Griffin, the conditions were overcast, cold, raining and strong winds, but Bluebottle USVs Bob & Bruce methodically performed their duties.

Pacific 2019 Day One 1500hrs: After demonstrating ‘bistatic sonar’ off the coast since dawn Bluebottle USVs Bob and Bruce are told to ‘wait at the bridge’
Pacific 2019 Day One 1500hrs: After demonstrating ‘bistatic sonar’ off the coast since dawn Bluebottle USVs Bob and Bruce are told to ‘wait at the bridge’

The Ocius team was on the NSW Government stand receiving live data back from two Bluebottles. We noted an increased presence of people in uniform attending as well as from government and taking a greater interest in all the exhibitor’s stands. As Peter Jenkins, founder and Managing Director of JEDS, Vice President of AIDN NSW and a veteran of the industry for over 40 years declared on the final evening that this was “the best Pac ever!” We agree.

Pacific 2019 Day One 1530hrs: Bob and Bruce heading to Pac 2019
Pacific 2019 Day One 1530hrs: Bob and Bruce heading to Pac 2019

We thank AMSA, Transport NSW Roads & Maritime Services Division and all commercial mariners who helped make this exercise run smoothly and safely.

Ocius signs contract with Thales Australia.

At Pac 2019, Ocius and Thales announced a contract between the two companies for Ocius to provide ‘platform services’ to Thales for the testing of the Thales thin line array on the Ocius Bluebottle USV platform.

Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP NSW, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Robert Dane CEO Ocius and Chris Jenkins CEO Thales (photobombed by Bob the Bluebottle USV)
Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP NSW, Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, Robert Dane CEO Ocius and Chris Jenkins CEO Thales (photobombed by Bob the Bluebottle USV)

This contract has been the result of a long-term collaboration between Ocius and Thales, with both parties working together to develop an autonomous sonar solution using the Thales array on a persistent marine platform.

‘Australian Autonomous Vessel Forum’.

On 20 Sept 2019, Bob and Bruce attended the final day of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Trusted Autonomous Systems Defence Cooperative Research Centre (TASCRC) ‘Australian Autonomous Vessel Forum’.

Friday 20 Sept 2019: Bob and Bruce join delegates of the forum
Friday 20 Sept 2019: Bob and Bruce join delegates of the forum

The forum provided a great opportunity to share different perspectives from industry, government and safety regulators on the challenges in applying existing regulations to new and emerging technology

We look forward to updating you again soon.