Coast Guard Taps Spatial Integrated Systems for Maritime Domain Awareness Pilot Study; Sam Lewis Quoted

Jeff Brody

Spatial Integrated Systems Inc. (SIS) has been awarded a contract with the US Coast Guard (USCG) to develop an autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) System to examine the feasibility of improving Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) in the remote Pacific Ocean.

SIS has partnered with MetalCraft Marine U.S., based in New York, to demonstrate the comapanies’ ability to optionally unman and man any auxiliary craft in the USCG’s inventory. The partnership will integrate the SIS Multi-Agent Robotic Teams (SMART) Autonomy System and the MetalCraft 7m Interceptor Boat.

SMART Autonomy is COLREGS compliant and offers new capabilities for swarm and cooperative missions with multiple UxVs. The 7m Interceptor was designed to operate in extreme conditions and has been proven for launch and recovery from USCG Cutters and has a large space for future payloads.

The interceptor has been employed by the USCG Cutter BoatLarge (CB-L) Program. SIS will demonstrate a comprehensive ability to detect threats and safeguard our homeland, prevent illegal fishing and stop intrusion into protected marine sanctuaries.

“We are excited to demonstrate the maturity of our technology and the flexibility to employ multiple optionally manned platforms affording a Coast Guard Commander tremendous opportunities” said Sam Lewis, SIS’s President & Chief Operating Officer.

The open ocean demonstration will be conducted this summer approximately 30 miles south of Oahu, HI in a 20 square mile area.

About Spatial Integrated Systems

SIS has been developing autonomy solutions since 2006 and is a global leader in the development, integration and incorporation of novel robotic and control technologies. The SIS Multi Agent Robotic Teams (SMART™) Autonomy System is behavior-based and provides an intelligent, goal-oriented vehicle control system that can turn any platform into an intelligent robot.

Over the last 14 years, SIS has conducted 15 operational demonstrations for the U.S. government in 13 different mission areas with unmanned vehicles (UxV) amassing over 6,000 hours using SMART™. SMART™ has been integrated on 15 different vehicle types, over 50 boats, and on UUVs, UGVs and UAVs.

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