Key features and benefits
Cutting a long autonomous survey story short: What you get
Diving into the details of how the NaviSuite Kuda – Autopilot software will provide powerful remote control of your USV-based hydrographic surveys.
Cutting a long autonomous survey story short: What you get
Diving into the details of how the NaviSuite Kuda – Autopilot software will provide powerful remote control of your USV-based hydrographic surveys:
Superior sailing performance and data results
… with centimetre accuracy line-keeping (typically +/- 15 cm)
Eliminating overshoot in sharp turns
… through NaviSuite Kuda software calculations and speed control enabled by EIVA’s extended NMEA format
Safe vessel parking
… through the capability to hold a position – either by staying at a waypoint or loitering within a defined area
Alerts based on thruster/motor status
…. through displaying their battery, power and RPM in EIVA’s extended NMEA interface – which can generate an alarm for example when the battery is low
Applicable with a wide variety of platforms
…. through robust electronics in a modular design
Use with any software
…. through integration with any software using NMEA APB standard interface
Easily shift between manual and automatic steering
…. through support for steering with radio-controlled joysticks, increasing safety of your vessel by enabling manual retrieval should your computer experience technical difficulties
Cost- and time-efficient surveys
…. through NaviSuite Kuda software support of autopilot route planning and control, as well as real-time optimisation of survey area coverage
See the features of NaviSuite Kuda – Autopilot in action
Perform autonomous operations with tools to automate your survey every step of the way – from survey route planning to remote controlled, autopilot operations.
Features enabling autonomous operations
NaviSuite Kuda enables autonomous operations with tools to automate your survey every step of the way – from survey route planning to remote controlled, autopilot operations. Dive into how…
Automatic survey route planning tools
Ensure efficient coverage during surveys with tools for survey route planning. These intuitive tools help ensure your survey is performed optimally – through highly customisable and automated route planning.
Onboard automatic route planning during surveys
Conditions such as the weather can influence your coverage during a survey. In order to adapt to such factors, you can use the Coverage Assist tool, which plans runlines in real-time during the survey. Each time it creates a runline, it considers the previous surveyed line, as well as the optimal route for turning. This saves you time as it makes decisions onboard the vessel in real-time.
Autopilot route planning by defining a boundary
The vehicle route can be automatically created before a survey, based on a boundary. If your vessel has an NMEA autopilot, you can export route plans from NaviSuite to the onboard piloting system.
You can design the lawn mower type pattern depending on the desired spacing and orientation. You can also create an exclusion zone within the boundary.
Autopilot total solution for safe and optimised surveys
To ensure centimetre precision line-keeping and safer operations, you can equip your vessel with the NaviSuite Kuda – Autopilot. This autopilot enables extensive USV control in NaviSuite Kuda, for example precise line-keeping in sharp turns and a hold position capability, as well as allowing you to monitor your thrusters and easily switch between manual and automated steering.
In addition, this total solution provides many precise vehicle control features. Users can for example increase safety of autopilot operations – by defining emergency stop settings, as well as quickly taking manual control. Users can also improve the quality of data by adjusting the vehicle’s speed (while the survey is running on autopilot) if real-time collected data shows that the speed should be changed, for example decreasing the speed due to seeing holes in the real-time QC displays of collected data.
Remote control from anywhere in the world
NaviSuite software enables you to operate control systems from anywhere in the world.
Remote control even at low bandwidth
One of the challenges to remote control is low data bandwidth. With NaviSuite you can overcome this in several ways…
Live data compression
You can compress survey data in many ways to ensure uninterrupted signal. NaviSuite compression tools work on multi-beam echosounder, sidescan, laser and forward-looking sonar data.
The settings you can adjust include Along, which allows you to skip scans. As well as Across, which reduces the points across the scan, and analyses points with respect to depth change to then keep more points where there are areas of change.
Pre-plan autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) operations
NaviSuite lets you remotely control an AUV without requiring constant connection. You can send small mission updates to your AUV, requiring only one good link moment to input your instructions – for example to go at a certain depth, pitch and heading. This capability means that no matter if the connection fails, the AUV will follow the directions you input in your latest mission update.
Optional extra services
EIVA offers a number of optional extras you can purchase to make the most of the autopilot, such as a radio-controlled joystick, fully configured USVs and NaviSuite Kuda software.
Get the most out of your autopilot with optional extras
Fully configured USV
You can purchase a fully configured USV that comes ready for your autonomous surveys. Equipped with…
- NaviSuite Kuda – Autopilot and NaviSuite Kuda software – both configured to the individual USV’s thruster/motor setup
- Sensors, for example multi-beam echo sounder, LiDAR and camera, that are integrated in the hardware and software setup
Reach out to discuss your project’s needs – the EIVA team is happy to help. Note that fully configured USVs are also available for rent.
Radio-controlled joystick available
NaviSuite Kuda – Autopilot works with radio-controlled joysticks, so you can quickly take manual control if needed. EIVA offers a robust joystick designed for this purpose, which is available as an optional add-on.
Integrated remote survey software
NaviSuite Kuda – Autopilot enters the seas of true autonomous hydrographic surveys when used together with the NaviSuite Kuda software bundle. With a variety of variants available, you can pick the one best tailored to your needs and budget. These range from the entry-level variant, NaviSuite Kuda Core, to a variant for more complex survey spreads including several remotes and a subsea vehicle, NaviSuite Kuda Pro. You can also choose a variant that includes automated data processing tools, whether you choose NaviSuite Kuda Core + Processing or NaviSuite Kuda Pro + Processing.
- 2 x ESC thrusters (eg Blue Robotics) / 2 x PWM servos
- ~1 kg
- Supply voltage
- 12/24 V DC
- Operating temp
- 0–55 C
- RJ45, PWM, RS232