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Voyis-Led OASIS Project to Enhance Ocean Monitoring

The OASIS (Over-horizon Awareness of Seafloor Imaging Surveys) project addresses the need for efficient and cost-effective monitoring solutions in the face of escalating demands for sustainable ocean resource management By Joe / 09 Jul 2024
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Voyis has announced the OASIS (Over-horizon Awareness of Seafloor Imaging Surveys) Project with the aim of addressing the limitations of existing ocean monitoring methods.

The venture is Funded by Canada’s Ocean Supercluster’s UK Collaborative Ocean Innovation Solutions program, in partnership with Innovate UK. This initiative aims to revolutionize marine environmental surveys through the collaboration of Canadian and UK ocean technology experts.

The OASIS Project addresses the pressing need for efficient and cost-effective monitoring solutions in the face of escalating demands for sustainable ocean resource management. With both Canadian and UK governments committed to defining Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and bolstering environmental regulations, the need for advanced monitoring technologies has never been more urgent. 

The project brings together a consortium of esteemed partners, including Voyis, the University of Southampton, AutoNaut, and the National Oceanography Center (NOC). In partnership with the University of Southampton Voyis will enhance its imaging products with onboard machine learning and remote survey awareness capabilities. This technology will be integrated into the NOC‘s Autosub autonomous underwater vehicle, enabling remote over-the-horizon seafloor image surveys through the AutoNaut wave-powered USV. 

“Our collaboration with esteemed partners from the UK marks a significant milestone in our efforts to enhance the cost-effectiveness of ocean monitoring with innovative optical technologies,” said Chris Gilson, CEO of Voyis. “The OASIS Project embodies our commitment to developing solutions that not only meet the evolving needs of the commercial sector but also contribute to the sustainability of our oceans.” 

Existing ocean monitoring methods often rely on costly crewed surface vessels and tethered remotely operated vehicles. By harnessing the power of long duration autonomous underwater vehicles and advanced imaging sensors with data automation technologies, the project seeks to reduce costs, minimize environmental impact, and enhance the scalability of marine environmental surveys. 

In addition to its implications for marine conservation, the OASIS Project is said to hold significant commercial potential. Voyis plans to offer a range of services and software products, including autonomous environmental survey and data analysis services, as well as new software products for data interpretation and remote awareness. These offerings are expected to not only benefit marine researchers and environmental agencies but also industries such as offshore wind, oil and gas, and marine construction, which are beginning to embrace remote survey operations. 

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