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Autonomous Lookout System

Maintaining proper lookout is essential for ships and uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs). Operational safety and regulations demand it.

Awarion is an Al and computer vision system that complements and supports human lookouts and marine radar systems. Awarion uses electro-optical and infrared video streams to detect, analyze, and report on the presence of whales, ships, and other objects, including fishing buoys and equipment.

Autonomous Lookout System

Maintaining proper lookout is essential for ships and uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs). Operational safety and regulations demand it.

Awarion is an Al and computer vision system that complements and supports human lookouts and marine radar systems. Awarion uses electro-optical and infrared video streams to detect, analyze, and report on the presence of whales, ships, and other objects, including fishing buoys and equipment.

Simulated image from Awarion project by Charles River Analytics

Sensing for situational awareness

Human lookouts can suffer from fatigue and distraction. They require accommodations and resources.

Awarion’s algorithms never tire. They perform advanced analyses, including trajectory modeling and threat assessment. They transfer lookout duties from scattered watchpoints directly to the bridge.

Seeing what radar can’t see

Electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) methods provide much greater detail and resolution than radar. With EO/IR, Awarion can see what radar can’t see, such as a whale blow or surfacing, and can perform object classification. These capabilities are critical to enabling true USV autonomy.

Seeing what radar can’t see

Electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) methods provide much greater detail and resolution than radar. With EO/IR, Awarion can see what radar can’t see, such as a whale blow or surfacing, and can perform object classification. These capabilities are critical to enabling true USV autonomy.

Performance Metrics

In testing on real-world data with targets at ranges up to 3 km:

Ships

Probability
of detections
0%

Whales

Probability
of detections
0%

Ship Classification

Accuracy
0%

Flexible Configuration

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Situational Awareness Analytical Software

The Awarion product consists of a core software component, which can be delivered as a standalone product or as part of an integrated camera system.

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Smart Camera with Optional Pointable Mount

We offer a single, pointable camera designed to regularly sweep 360 degrees and autonomously deliver follow-up observations.

Simulated image from Awarion project by Charles River Analytics

Processing Hardware

You can connect your own camera(s) to our processing hardware.

Simulated image from Awarion project by Charles River Analytics

Fixed Camera Array

Multiple cameras with fixed views can have their output combined to form a 360-degree view.

System requirements

Awarion hardware supports standard Ethernet connections.
Awarion software runs in Docker containers with Robot Operating System (ROS) and RabbitMQ messaging.

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Autonomy you can trust

Charles River Analytics uniquely combines agile innovation and leading-edge research with a decades-long track record of hardened engineering in austere environments to create best-in-class solutions to diverse, challenging problems.

For more information

On sales and licensing, or to connect with our engineers, contact

Elaine B. Coleman, Ph.D.

Vice President of Commercialization
ecoleman@cra.com
617.491.3474 x8101