Neptune

Neptune provides a payload control architecture, goal based mission planning, and real-time autonomy engine for Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS) to plan and execute well known patterns of behaviour. Neptune expedites and optimises single-vehicle and multi-vehicle operations.

Neptune can be run through SeeTrack, the leading technology used by Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Clearance Divers around the world, to achieve success in managing their off-board assets during dangerous and demanding missions.

Applications

Neptune can be used to coordinate fleets of unmanned assets for MCM missions in littoral waters. Neptune enables operators to easily coordinate various assets to carry out search, classify and map, re-acquire and identify operations as part of a single mission.
By combining all the mission plans and monitoring in a single work station and user interface, teams will be able to manage larger fleets of unmanned assets without putting additional strain on the operators. Data from these missions will be consolidated on a shared database, allowing data to be easily analysed.

Features

  • Automatic matching of mission requirements against available assets and discoverable capabilities – enables speedy response time and efficient use of hardware
  • In-mission adaptation to changes in the environment, assets and mission objectives – allowing for the best possible results in fluctuating conditions
  • Easy to integrate a wide range of UMS hardware – open interface ‘SOLAR’ payload control architecture reduces transition costs
  • Integrates with tactical decision software – integrates with MEDAL and MINTACS to conform with your procedures
  • User-defined behaviours designed to simulate expert operators – making the mission as comprehensive as possible
  • Software development kit available – reduce transition times by integrating third-party hardware and software

Q: Why do I need more autonomy?

More autonomy enables the unmanned asset to take an increasing number of decisions based on input stimuli. In other words, as the robot senses its environment it adapts to the environment without direct human interaction thus increasing the pace of operations and their accuracy.

Q: Do I need expert operators?

The aim is to automate common tasks by pre-programming common processes using expert knowledge from expert operators. This enables each of the unmanned assets to take decisions in the same way that an expert would. Thus common operations can be carried out by operators that lack domain specific expertise and the software can help reduce the amount of human generated errors.

Q: We have more than one vehicle and sensor. Will Neptune work with them?

Neptune is tightly integrated with the unmanned systems but it has been designed to integrate with any system. In order to be able to integrate the target system must be capable of carrying a payload computer and it must share information with the Neptune processor.

Q: Do I need the platform manufactures software?

Neptune works alongside the manufacturers’ own guidance and navigation software. For simplicity’s sake, one can think of Neptune as providing a dynamic waypoint to the unmanned system. The unmanned system must be able to take that waypoint and, using its own software, attempt to approach it.

Q: We want to use Neptune but we have a sensor/platform that you do not support. What can we do?

As Neptune is a highly modular system, our open software development kits allow anyone to develop plug-in modules that enable additional sensor and platform support.

Q: What is the price for a single-user license of Neptune?

Please contact our sales department at: sales@seebyte.com

Q: What is the price for the software development kits?

The Software Development Kits for Neptune are available free of charge with purchase of a Neptune license. You may request them from: sales@seebyte.com

Q: Can I try Neptune before I buy it?

There is no simple way to try Neptune, but SeeByte can provide demonstrations using simulators on request.

Q: How can I report a bug within Neptune or an error in the documentation, or submit a feature request for a future version of the product?

You can submit bug reports, documentation errors, and feature requests by emailing neptune-support@seebyte.com. SeeByte software engineers review these reports and do their best to address these requests in the next product release cycle.

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