Secure Docking and Mooring
SeeSAFE:ADAS is a driving system devised to help the captain or pilot of a vessel while docking and mooring. It is available in two stages:
Stage 1 ADAS is an advanced system for assisted docking and mooring, aiding the captain during the approach phase by providing a 360° view of the surrounding environment, thus avoiding the need for human assistance during these delicate maneuvers. The system works by generating the vessel’s trajectory in real time as a response to the commands issued from the wheelhouse, and building a visual scene around it, including the sea zones under board, otherwise blind.
Stage 2 ADAS is a completely autonomous (“driverless”) driving system for the vessel. It is built on Stage 1 ADAS, to which it adds the capabilities provided by integrating the data from onboard sensors with a dynamic positioning system, now widely available on medium to large size boats. Dynamic positioning systems automatically control the position and heading of a vessel by using thrusters that are constantly active to balance the environmental forces (wind, waves, current) that tend to shift the vessel away from the desired position. Stage 2 ADAS drives the DP system to direct the vessel along the trajectory generated by Stage 1 ADAS.
SeeSAFE:ADAS is an artificial vision system capable of operating both in daylight and at night, thanks to its integrated set of radar vision cameras (millimeter radars are especially helpful in unfavorable weather conditions) as well as photonic stereo cameras. SeeSAFE:ADAS employs our proprietary software system for location and contextual mapping of a vessel as it moves within a virtual reconstruction of the surrounding environment. Several technologies derived from robotics and virtual vision are employed within our design.
The software runs on an NVIDIA Drive PX2 system that can:
ADAS is thus able togenerate and update, in real-time:
SeeSAFE:FODS (Floating Objects Detection System) is a system for automatic detection of semi-floating objects at sea. When properly installed on a vessel, it enables the detection of large scale marine debris at distances of up to 500 meters during navigation, under any visibility conditions. By triggering an alarm sound in real time, SeeSAFE:FODS allows the captain to initiate emergency procedures, either automatic or manually controlled, to avoid otherwise likely or inevitable collisions.
Onboard radar equipment cannot detect floating objects, because their emerging portion is usually small, flat, and often intermittently submerged by waves. Therefore, during nighttime travel or under poor visibility conditions, vessels are forced to reduce cruising speed to well under 10 knots, in order to limit possible damage from the resulting collisions. Due to its contained size, SeeSAFE:FODS is easily housed together with the radar, even within the same enclosure. By enabling the crew to detect dangerous environmental situations well in advance, and to take the proper corrective measures accordingly, it makes a higher cruising speed possible for the vessel. When SeeSAFE:ADAS is utilized during regular cruising alongside with SeeSAFE:FODS, it enables driverless cruising at higher speeds even at night, or under conditions of poor visibility. SeeSAFE:FODS is covered by patent.
In order to achieve angular accuracies within 1° or better when detecting floating objects at sea, proper consideration to the following factors must be given:
To overcome those obstacles, SeeSAFE:FODS uses a laser beam emitter coupled with specialized cameras and a stabilizing inertial platform to compensate for the boat’s movements. This setup is able to detect floating objects with high accuracy in real-time, at ranges of up to 500m. Proprietary software then allows SeeSAFE:FODS to compute the exact distance and relative position of the object detected, in real time.
SeeSAFE:FRED is a personal identity control system based on 3D facial recognition, capable of:
In its typical configuration, SeeSAFE:FRED is composed of: