Videoray - News - October 8, 2004
VideoRay Awarded $451,405 Contract
with US Coast Guard for Surveillance Equipment
to Protect Ports
8-Pound Submersible Handles
Video, Acoustic Navigation, and Ship Hull Inspections
Exton , PA , October 8, 2004 –
The US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington,
DC has placed an order for VideoRay micro-ROVs,
accessories, and training that totals $451,405.00
USD. In addition to the VideoRay ROVs, the order
Star Pilot Tracking system and
AquaMap software that is used for inspecting the hulls
of ships for evidence of tampering or potential
The order comes on the heels of a fourth round
of port security grants totaling over $49 million
by the Department of Homeland Security to 154
port authorities and other organizations nationwide.
The USCG previously purchased VideoRay systems
valued over $231,000.
A significant part of the order included VideoRay’s
Support and Maintenance Program,
which provides 24/7 phone support and emergency
service, steady upgrades, priority repair, and
insurance against losses and damage to the VideoRay.
Star Short baseline (SBL) positioning system
is an acoustic navigation system that provides
an accuracy of 0.6 degrees in 40 feet of water.
Shiphull software makes the
VideoRay capable of inspecting ship hulls, dams
and other vertical structures. Using a scanned
ship plan, AquaMap Shiphull displays the VideoRay
against starboard, port, and bottom views of the
ROVs are the smallest, most
portable, and most responsive remotely operated
vehicles available for underwater surveillance,
mapping ship hulls, underwater investigations,
and security sweeps. Using the VideoRay allows
the USCG to perform many of these tasks quickly,
reliably, and without the cost, danger, and delay
and disruption of lockouts required with placing
human divers in the water. Weighing just 8 pounds,
the VideoRay can be deployed and operated by a
single person and mobilized in minutes.
VideoRay is hosting a seminar on how to write
a grant request for Homeland Security funds, on
November 8-9, 2004, in Key Largo, FL. The two-day
seminar by Grant Writing USA will teach agencies
how to find grant sources, write and review proposals,
build relationships with grant makers, develop
budgets, overcome obstacles, and improve the chance
for a successful application. A detailed paper
Security Grants is available
at GrantWritingUSA.com, where attendees can also
register and review the full benefits of the course.
The class will precede the VideoRay
International Partner Symposium,
which brings together users of its VideoRay submersible
ROV (remotely operated vehicle), manufacturers
of accessories and dealers on November 10-12,
2004 in Key Largo.
US Coast Guard has already equipped four
Maritime Safety and Security Teams (MSSTs)
with VideoRay and is expanding the availability
to five more MSSTs through this latest contract
for high res version.
Photo credit: Steve Van Meter
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and videos online , visit http://www.videoray.com/Press_Room/press_release.htm
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