OceanServer Technology, a leader in next generation AUVs, announced today that the University of Zagreb has purchased an Iver2 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The vehicle will support a number of research initiatives in Croatia. The University has ongoing efforts to collect marine data for research programs in marine biology and the protection of marine habitat and eco-zones, with a special focus on protecting natural resources and promoting sustainable economic development.
The Laboratory of Underwater Systems and Technologies decided on the Iver2 AUV for its unique combination of low-cost and scalable technologies that can efficiently collect a range of physical, chemical and biological data. The vehicle will help augment research into better approaches to security and inspection, fishery management, habitat monitoring and other research areas of importance to The Republic of Croatia.
The Iver2 is a low-cost, simple to operate AUV system that incorporates a truly 'open' software architecture and defined hardware interfaces. This unique design has enabled OceanServer to carve out a very strong position in the University space for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. Common payloads include GPS navigation, CTD probe, altimeter, side scan sonar, and several water quality sensors. Each system includes the OceanServer VectorMap Mission Planning and Data Presentation tool, which provides geo-registered data files that can be easily exported to other software analysis tools. The VectorMap program can input any geo-referenced chart, map or photo image, allowing the operator to intuitively develop missions using simple point-and-click navigation.
The base vehicle, with a starting price at just over $50,000, gives university, government and commercial users an affordable base-platform for survey applications in water quality, hydrography, security and general research.