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SWARM's European Project: ECA Group provides innovative AUV's for environmental recognition & sensing

Tuesday, September 06 2016
ECA Group is currently involved in a European Project: SWARMs in order to increase the acknowledge level in underwater robotics.

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SWARMs (Smart and Networking Underwater Robots in Cooperation Meshes) is a wide European project started in July 2015 involving 35 partners from 10 European countries through 3 years. The total cost of this project is 17.3 M€  (EU Funding: 6.4 M€ and National Funding: 5.7 M€)



This sprawling project aims is to develop several innovative solutions such as:

-              New cooperative autonomous meshes using heterogeneous robotics system (for example: AUVs, ROVs and USVs)

-              Real time environmental recognition and sensing system

-              Advanced decision making environment system based on imaging recognition algorithm

-              Underwater communication framework


ECA Group started to work for SWARMs from the very beginning of this project in 2015 and is in charge of 3 different workpackages.

Thanks to its long and recognized expertise in developing underwater robotics system for more than 45 years, ECA Group is actively involved in SWARMs providing innovative environmental recognition and sensing based on a large scale 3D mapping, map fusion and simplification.


In the context ECA Group is fielding its AUVA9  equipped with an interferometric sidescan sonar and an embedded computer with the goal of analyzing in real time the quality of the depth soundings in order to modify mission parameters to optimize the quality of the survey.

Additionally, ECA Group is involved in algorithms for sonar image registration to improve positioning and navigation during repeated missions over the same area by one or multiple vehicles of different kinds.

During September 2016, ECA will participate to an underwater test, in the Canaries Islands, with theAUVA9, in order to approve the scientific and theorical input of the past year.


SWARMs project will be useful for industrials (like Boskalis) but although for Science with strong universities partnership. The main goal of SWARMs is to make AUVs, ROVs and USVs further accessible and useful, making autonomous maritime and offshore operations a viable option for new and existent industries.

All the members working for this European project are experts in their domains and are engaged in order take advantage of the experience of each ones.

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