Case Study: Deep Sea Autonomous Submarines – Camera Control

Company

The National Oceanography Centre is a marine science research and technology institution which studies the world’s oceans from the Caribbean through to the Arctic Ocean.

Product

Deep, long range, submarines

Application

Compact camera controllers to photograph the life on the seabed.

Background Customer Board

NOC have built a range of autonomous underwater vehicles that are unmanned without a tether, their long range submarines use ARM processors and boards which consume less than 2W.

Their submarines are used to photograph marine specimens, controlled with LP-170 boards. When discussing new technology with NOC, they were keen to keep the same system disk image and wanted to stay with it for future builds. Initially they wanted to build another two camera systems. Due to the work BVM had done within the marine industry previously, they looked to BVM to acquire the embedded LP-170 boards they needed.

Challenges

The submarines have to be submersed to 6000 meters deep and work reliably for up to 6 months.

Solution

BVM presented NOC with the LP-170 boards.

Outcomes

A system was built around a Pico-ITX board and paved the way for a new generation deep sea device.

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