Bluefin Acquires SeeByte Adding New Software Capabilities to Maritime Robotics Portfolio

QUINCY, Mass. and EDINBURGH, Scotland (Oct. 7, 2013)— Bluefin Robotics, a leading provider of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), announced today that it has acquired SeeByte, Ltd., a leading provider of autonomous platform software that enhances the user experience and the capabilities of underwater sensors, vehicles and systems. SeeByte, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bluefin. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bluefin is owned by Battelle, a leading independent science and technology organization committed to solving some of the world’s toughest challenges in national security, energy, the environment and healthcare.  

The combined companies will offer a complete suite of autonomy products for surface vehicles and underwater vehicles, both remotely-operated and unmanned. Together, Bluefin Robotics and SeeByte will have full life-cycle capability from R&D through design and manufacture to field operations and will operate globally in both defense and commercial markets.

“Bluefin and SeeByte have worked together for more than five years developing software and capabilities for Bluefin platforms like the Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Bluefin-21,” said David P. Kelly, President and CEO of Bluefin Robotics. “Bringing these two companies together will allow us to bring integrated expertise in vehicle control, low-level vehicle to high-level mission autonomy, sensor processing, operator interface, and power subsystems to our customers.”

SeeByte will continue to provide open architecture, platform-agnostic software products and support for clients across all market sectors, especially in the defense sector and commercial oil and gas industry. The development team will continue to support and evolve products such as SeeTrack Military, SeeTrack AutoTracker and SeeTrack CoPilot. All SeeByte staff and offices will be retained.

“We are thrilled to join the Bluefin team,” said Dr. Bob Black, CEO of SeeByte. “Together, our two companies will be able to address unmet market needs and drive a new level of capability in the maritime robotics market.”

SeeByte chairman David Farquhar added: “On behalf of SeeByte’s Board and Shareholders, having nurtured SeeByte for over a decade since the spin out from Heriot-Watt University, we are delighted to deliver the company into good hands for the next phase of innovation and growth.”

ABOUT BLUEFIN ROBOTICS

Bluefin Robotics designs, manufactures and operates Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) systems and related technology. Founded in 1997, the company has grown to become a world leader in AUV products designed for defense, commercial, and scientific applications. Bluefin Robotics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Battelle. For more information, please visit www.bluefinrobotics.com.

ABOUT BATTELLE

Every day, the people of Battelle apply science and technology to solving what matters most. At major technology centers and national laboratories around the world, Battelle conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio since its founding in 1929, Battelle serves the national security, health and life sciences, and energy and environmental industries. For more information, visit www.battelle.org.