Search & RESCUe

It is out there.

Drone solutions to overcome operational challenges in the maritime domain

About Monopulse

We develop and manufacture autonomous drone systems for the maritime domain.

Our drone solutions are targeted at the Search and Rescue (SAR) and remote inspection tasks. The system uses multiple GNSS constellations for accurate positioning, Deep Learning to detect and classify items in the camera view, and custom built drone platform to withstand the harsh marine environment.

Our solution is designed for the specific environments onboard a ship, in order to provide the most value for the crew performing operational tasks and overcoming challenges.

Our solutions

We use drones as a valuable part of our solutions, but merely as a system component. In our opinion the drone is not a solution in itself – despite being a very unique drone; designed and built for the maritime environment and specific for the system. The solution is defined by the value it provides.

“What are the challenges you face as an operator, and how can drones help you to overcome these challenges?”

We consider and adapt our solution to the specific challenges onboard a ship, to provide the most value for the crew in their operational tasks and challenges.

Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR)

In Maritime Search and Rescue, the first and most critical task in any search and rescue operation at sea, is to locate the people in need. In traditional searches, ships navigate designated sectors at sea, while the crew scans the sea surface with binoculars from the ship’s deck. This is a prolonged task, which is both challenging and monotonous for the crew. We offer a solution that automates the critical search process by the use of autonomous drones that scan the sea surface with cameras and analyze images using artificial intelligence.
Step 1 – Select and position of the search pattern
The first step is to define the search area. The system provides a map application which enables you to simply select, position and modify any of the IMO IAMSAR search patterns directly on the map, to cover the designated search area.
Step 2 – Select the number of drones to deploy
The second step is to select the number of drones you wish to deploy simultaneously to cover the defined search area. The more drones you deploy, the faster you will be able to cover the search area and locate the people in distress.
Step 3 – Launch the drones
The third and final step is to launch the drones. It is easy. Just press the launch button on the application interface, and the drones will deploy and initiate their individual search task.

Instant benefits

Increased chance of finding people
The UAV’s elevated position above the sea surface greatly improves the overview of the sea surface – compared to the overview from a ships deck.
Reduced search time
With multiple drones searching different sections of the search area independent and simultaneous, the overall search time is significantly reduced.
Less strain on the crew
Detection of objects of interest is handled by technology. The crews role is reduced to validation of the detected objects.

Making drones effective for your maritime operation

There is a wide range of commercial drones available on the market today, and every manufacture is offering several different models that are unique in their own way. Given the vast selection of offers to choose from, how do you make a decision? Which drone is right for you and for your operation?

One question that may lead you towards clarification:

“What task do you want the drone to do for you?”

Typical solutions that are often seen

For a majority of the available commercial drones on the market today, you will find that they are:

  • Created for land, and then moved onto the maritime domain.
  • Stoved away in a case, when it is not being used.
  • Require 2 people to operate, while it is being used.
  • Made for general purpose, rather than a specific application.
  • Not integrated with any other systems onboard.