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Amanda Coulas | August 4th, 2017
Taking a dive with a Coast Guard ROV - an in-depth look at how the Deep Trekker underwater drone is being used by the maritime first responders.
The Coast Guard is a multi-mission service, responsible for enforcing admiralty or maritime law in order to protect countries and coastlines. As a unit of the military, the Coast Guard has a diverse role in terms of the services they render - from coastal defense to search and rescue, to admiralty law - the one constant in the portfolio is regardless of the scenario - they need to move fast.
Highly trained officers and advanced technology are the key driving forces in the success of the Coast Guard. An underwater ROV is just one example of the kind of cutting edge technology being introduced into the day-to-day operations of the Coast Guard, enabling them to deploy quickly under time restraints and effectively in urgent scenarios. Let’s review just four of the facets of the Coast Guard, and how an underwater Coast Guard ROV is being employed.
By Bmpower at English Wikipedia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia CommonsSearch and recovery is the main objective of the Coast Guard service. These kinds of incidents require brave men and women to place themselves in harm’s way - and every second counts. The Coast Guard relies on advanced technologies such as an underwater ROV; to survey an area, to locate a downed victim, sunken boat, plane, helicopter, or a multitude of other incident sites. The Deep Trekker Coast Guard ROV is designed to withstand these harsh environments, which can often be offshore without any power resources and no more room than a Zodiac.
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The DTG2 and DTX2 ROV systems can be checked onto a plane, into an emergency vehicle and transported to a site quickly. Deployment in a disaster situation needs to be immediate and effective as time is of the essence. Offshore water can be unpredictable and dark, the vectored thrust system of the DTX2 ROV is ideal for maintaining stability in heavy currents and additional payloads such as sonar and USBL systems help give the surface eyes in dark or murky water.
The Deep Trekker internal HD camera is entirely operated by the ergonomic handheld controller, including the viewing screen. This low-impact investigation tool is ideal for the Coast Guard to quickly deploy when first approaching a site of interest, and have all the recorded footage saved for later review or trial.
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An underwater HD camera ROV is extremely important to the Coast Guard, in this case, to easily inspect areas such as rudders, thruster openings or the bulbous bow of large vessels where drugs and other contraband can easily be hidden.
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These areas are extremely dangerous for divers to enter, and often they do not know what they are going to find. Efforts to seize suspected contraband could end up in fatalities if an item ends up being a limpet mine instead. An underwater drone keeps the officers out of harm’s way, remotely inspecting vessels and areas of interest. The DTX2 ROV is ideal for this kind of critical inspection. With the ability to move laterally, or by mounting side facing cameras to switch between multiple camera views, the DTG2 or DTX2 ROV's are fully equipped to provide detailed inspection data to the surface, capturing real time imaging and helping determine the validity of an item before deploying a dive team.
The Coast Guard protects our countries and waterways every day, it is through the heroic work that loved ones are rescued, maritime law is followed and that our ports are kept safe. Deep Trekker is proud to offer a technology that can assist in keeping these brave men and women safe while assisting them in effective protecting their homes.
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