Maritime Congressional Hearing Reveals Potential of Unmanned Vehicles to Improve Maritime Domain Awareness, Reduce Costs

Maritime Congressional Hearing Reveals Potential of Unmanned Vehicles to 
Improve Maritime Domain Awareness, Reduce Costs 
Unmanned Technologies Can Fill Ocean Data Information Gap 
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwired) -- 08/02/13 --  During the July 31
Congressional Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
hearing entitled How to Improve the Efficiency, Safety and Security
of Maritime Transportation: Better Use and Integration of Maritime
Domain Awareness Data, Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Ranking
Member John Garamendi (D-CA) encouraged the Coast Guard to work with
commercial industry to identify the latest technologies that can
meet, as well as extend, their current missions while reducing
overall costs.  
Mr. Bill Vass, CEO of Liquid Robotics, joined experts from private
industry and academia to testify about the enormous potential of
unmanned vehicles to assist the Coast Guard in protecting and
safeguarding U.S. interests along the coastlines and in deep seas, by
economically supporting and extending the Coast Guard mission
Mr. Steve Morrow, president & CEO of Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing
testified on behalf of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems
International (AUVSI) and highlighted the potential of UAS, citing
examples of their ability to save time, save money, and ultimately
save lives. Mr. Morrow concurred that the integration of unmanned
robotics was a viable solution to solve multiple ocean issues that
were previously cost prohibitive or where the risk to life was too
Chairman Hunter urged the Coast Guard to make the right decisions
using technology that is available today from private industry.
Commenting on the review of possible solutions by Rear Admiral Mark
E. Butt, United States Coast Guard, Congressman Hunter shared with
the panel that he was in Palo Alto, Calif., a few months ago where he
saw technology [Wave Glider marine robots] from Liquid Robotics and
said: "They're extremely inexpensive, they can test the water, they
have cameras on them. They... can see oil sheen or any other kind of
spill on the water. They can test the water, they can test weather,
and they can do a lot of different things. And it takes no people
whatsoever to do this. You can literally have a thousand of them on
the ocean at a time, or ten thousand -- however many you may think
you need." 
Chairman Hunter continued: "The Coast Guard should be the ones who
experiment with this type of technology, who put it to use, who save
a lot of money doing it and [who] don't have to go through any
government contractors at all because it's out there sitting waiting
for you to buy it. You don't have to necessarily know what to call it
to know that it can save you lots of money, make you very efficient
and more effective on the ocean." 
Among its many applications, Wave Glider technology can be used as a
gateway platform to facilitate sub-sea to surface to aerial to
satellite communications, due to its long duration, sensor and real
time communications capabilities. Wave Glider autonomous surface
vehicles are able to remain at sea for months or even years at a time
(no fuel or crew required) since they tap into the infinite energy
supplied by waves and sun. And because Wave Gliders can operate
effectively in the most severe hurricane force weather, they are an
exceptional platform on which to integrate unmanned air, subsurface
and satellite data.  
Responding to questions from Chairman Hunter, Mr. Vass discussed the
Wave Glider's powerful onboard computing capability with the ability
to perform real time analysis and communicate the answer to
stakeholders (or mission control or command centers). This integrated
data processing capability combined with precise navigation and
extended mission capabilities can open opportunities never before
About Liquid Robotics, Inc.
 Liquid Robotics is an ocean data
services provider and developer of the Wave Glider(R), the world's
first wave powered, autonomous marine robot designed to help address
the biggest challenges the world faces, including global climate
change, national security, hurricane and tsunami warning, and
offshore energy and resource management. For more information, visit 
Liquid Robotics and Wave Glider are registered trademarks of Liquid
Robotics, Inc., in the United States and other countries.  
For media questions or interviews, please contact:
Joanne Masters
PR & Marketing
Liquid Robotics
C: 1-858-232-5538 
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