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WFS and Seatronics demonstrate technology for subsea operations

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Subsea wireless automation provider, WFS Technologies (WSF), and marine rental equipment specialist, Seatronics Inc (an Acteon company) have demonstrated their drone-to-ROV wireless communications technology at a Subsea Internet of Things® event in Houston (USA).

During the demonstration, which took place at the Delta SubSea (DSS) test tank facility, Seatooth® wireless controllers were integrated with a Seatronics Predator II Inspection Class ROV and a DJI Inspire drone. Two-way data communications between the ROV and the drone were demonstrated when the ROV was submerged in a test tank and the drone flew overhead.

Both Seatronics and WFS are active in the offshore pipeline industry.

“Using proven subsea wireless automation deployed by inspection and light class ROVs, we are delivering improved asset integrity information at a fraction of the cost,” said Brendan Hyland, Chairman of WFS. “This demonstration has opened the door to using drones to harvest sensor information from assets in shallow water.”

“Seatronics’ Predator II ROV has the ability to fully interface WFS wireless communication products with ease. There are many benefits in using the Predator II ROV system for this application due to its size, stability and flexibility of interfacing sensor packages over other solutions,” said Euan Mackay, Vice President of Seatronics Inc.

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