UAM Tec® has invented truly intelligent patented technology to map Earth’s bodies of water more accurately, extensively and cost-efficiently than ever before.
At the heart of UAM Tec® is our mission to explore and better understand our oceans, lakes and waterways for the benefit of future generations. Using proprietary artificial intelligence (AI), an array of sensors and 22 onboard cameras, swarms of submarines navigate and communicate autonomously taking photos at every angle. Information is assembled to form 3D maps and is used to report on sea-life, natural resources and more. We’ll continue to evolve the technology as we uncover new ways to apply this pioneering technology.
After receiving encrypted instructions via satellite each UAM Tec® submarine uses transducers, optical and motion sensors to work through its allocated mapping tasks. Each sub can map to a seabed resolution of two square metres. A world first.
When a sub has completed its mapping tasks, or when its batteries need charging, it will return to the surface. It will ascend, assisted by ballast systems, to a location near its designated station.
Each sub uses its GPS system to navigate, staying within a safe distance of its charging and data transfer station. Patented magnetic charging and data cables will snap lock to the sub. A full charging cycle for a submarine is approximately 24 hours.
At the water’s surface, UAM Tec® submarines communicate with its satellite network by encrypted messaging. Each sub reports the data it has collected, its location and receives instructions for the next mapping tasks.
Once it has recharged its batteries and communicated its data each sub detaches from the magnetic lock. Using GPS it then moves to its next location and starts to dive, with its ballast system optimising its buoyancy. Once the sub reaches the required depth it starts its new mapping task.
Each onshore station can charge multiple subs simultaneously. The onshore station encrypts the data transferred from each sub and sends it, via a dedicated satellite network, to processing centres where patented AI systems ‘stitch’ the received data into 3D images.
When mapping is required several kilometres from shore dedicated ships are used as charging and transfer stations.
To help achieve data transfer and supply power to charge the battery pack we invented a bi-directional, self-aligning, magnetically coupled, data and power transfer system This patent design consists of magnet and magnetic material, connectors, electrically resistive insert and electrically conductive pads.