Aquatic Drones

TWTG is nested firmly in the midst of the biggest port of Europe. Aquatic Drones asked TWTG to help develop their autonomous vessel that uses multiple sensors to acquire notable amounts of (big) data to improve the marine industry.

The goal Aquatic Drones had set for this project together with the Port of Rotterdam and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat) was to anonymously inspect & monitor waterways, harbors and sea.

Note: Rijkswaterstaat is responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands.

Big Data Acquisition

The Aquatic Drone can be equipped with a large variety of different high end industrial sensors. Widely ranging from radar swimmer detection to sensors that measure water quality. This data is processed automatically and can be modelled to predictive models. Doing this enables multiple business cases and / or applications that ensures operational excellence or offer a strategic benefactor in which the industry redeems huge value.

One of the biggest challenges in order to acquire these datasets is to make this vessel semi or fully autonomous. The custom-made set-up TWTG worked on ensured that it wouldn’t collide into other objects such as boats and docks. The drone was designed to be modular, so new or improved modules / sensors can be added without replacing the entire system. Maritime challenges of today are facing high costs, whereas a lot of solutions focus on singular data-entry points. The modular design offer broad insights in various datapoints and offer more insight in the effects of interventions in maintenance and the underlying causes.

The data is processed automatically and is modelled into predictive maintenance insights

Snippet from the application

Featured in Dutch national news

Aquatic Drones and other projects were shown in the biggest Dutch national news show within an item that focussed on autonomous boats. Together with self-‘driving’ cabs on the water that are custom in Rotterdam. Those ‘Watertaxi’-boats can even bring you to the TWTG Office.

The segment starts around 20:00 and is in Dutch and can be found on the website of NOS.

NOS News, November 2016