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Functionality
SEA.AI can detect any floating object on the watersurface, regardless of the materials involved, whether it’s wood, steel, plastic, or organic matter.
 
SEA.AI detects objects conventional systems like radar or AIS might miss and thus provides an additional layer of safety to your vessel and crew.
 
The high sensitive thermal cameras ensures detection day and night.
 
SEA.AI can classify objects like sailing or power boats, ships, buoys and persons in the water. Any other or unkown objects items will be marked as unknown hazard.

Yes, SEA.AI systems are equipped with thermal cameras, granting them night vision capabilities. Even in adverse weather conditions, their thermal cameras outperform the human eye. Considering the usual tasks undertaken by a crew – whether helming, navigation, or other duties – SEA.AI systems remain steadfastly vigilant, like watchful ‘barrelmen’ atop the mast. Their consistent vigilance ensures real-time alerts in the presence of potential hazards.

SEA.AI is using AI based horizon stabilisation to ensure best performance in choppy conditions. An in-built IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) also measures any movement and acceleration of the boat in realtime. In addition SEA.AI Sentry is also mechanically stabilized to compensate waves.
 
Since SEA.AI is mounted as high as possible (i.e. the mast top), it can see over the wave crests and has proved to be a lot more reliable in comparison to what a crew member can see.
 
SEA.AI has been designed for the harsh conditions at sea. Over the last couple of years, the systems have been used and tested by numerous ocean racing sailing teams all over the planet in the roughest conditions.
SEA.AI is a machine vision system based on thermal (IR) and color cameras. It is using latest AI technology to detect anything what is floating on the water.
 
SEA.AI is an intuitive and easy to use device, providing an extra layer of safety by detecting and alarming of objects a radar might miss.
AIS is an active transponder systems used on commercial vessels and some recriational boats.
 
SEA.AI can detect objects even without or with an inactive AIS using machine vision technology.
 
SEA.AI seamlessly integrates cameras, including thermal cameras, with cutting-edge computer vision technology. The incorporation of machine vision in SEA.AI enables automatic floating object detection in the maritime environment, a valuable feature that enhances safety and situational awareness at sea.
 
This added AI proves invaluable, especially when you’re occupied with other tasks. Even during passive camera monitoring, SEA.AI stands out by issuing audible alarms when potential risks or hazards are detected, offering a crucial advantage in multitasking scenarios.
 
SEA.AI introduces AI-driven enhancements to thermal cameras, such as object detection or tracking, perimeter surveillance, and collision avoidance. This represents a transformative step forward in maritime technology.
In light rain, SEA.AI will be able to detect objects but its detection range will be reduced, and in very heavy rain, objects cannot or will not be detected anymore.
In the fog, a thermal camera can see 3x further than the human eye, keeping in mind that SEA.AI has the same physical limits as all optical sensors.
 
Being an optical system, SEA.AI´s performance thus degrades in fog and rain. SEA.AI and Radar are therefore complementary systems with different benefits and limitations.
 
Make sure you have downloaded the latest version of the “SEA.AI Navigation” App on your smartphone, tablet or MFD.
 
Connect to your boat or MFD WIFI network to access the SEA.AI System or start the SEA.AI Navigation App on your mobile device. The “Update available” popup will automatically appear on your screen if a new update is available. Click “Yes” to update the system to the latest software version.
 
Attention: The Update process can involve multiple system restarts – connection to the mobile device will be lost – Updating and restarting will take several minutes – do not shut off the system.

Video:

How to update your system from a PC

Video: 

How to update your system from iOS

SEA.AI systems can see up to the horizon, but the actual detection range is dependent on the mounting height, the size of the object above the water, the SEA.AI model and the environmental conditions.
SEA.AI systems are in example able to detect :
 
– Sailing Boat up to 7500 m with the Sentry, 2000 m with an Offshore/Competition 640, and 1000 m with an Offshore One.
 
– Man Over Board up to 700 m with the Sentry, 150 m with an Offshore/Competition 640, and 100 m with an Offshore One.

Up to 2 users can use the application at the same time on their devices. It is also possible to take over control even from additional devices. E.g Navstation or tablet inside the boat.

Yes. SEA.AI can also be very useful during port manoeuvres providing additional eyes especially during the night or to see above a jetty or pontoons, and thus anticipate any potential collision with other moving vessels.
SEA.AI can detect floating objects on the water surface. It cannot see through the water surface and detect object completley under the water such as sand banks or reefs.
As any other targets on the surface, SEA.AI systems are capable of detecting marine mammals.
Yes. Depending on the material and the surface of the object, its emissivity will vary. The thermal precision of the cameras is up to 0.05° Celcius (0.1° Farhenheit). Even small waves can be seen on the thermal camera.
 
The AI analyses data from the thermal cameras and will therefore be able to detect an object even if it is at the same temperature as the surrounding water.
In general, the better the thermal contrast in the image the better SEA.AI can detect objects.

Using latest camera technology in combination with artificial intelligence, SEA.AI detects and classifies objects to alert crews early and reliably about objects on the surface of the water, day and night.

A Convolutional Neural Networksis (CNN) is a class of artificial neural network that performs segmentation, classification, and detection for a myriad of applications such as maritime safety. Computer vision analyzes images, and then creates numerical representations of what it ‘sees’ using a CNN.

AI, or artificial intelligence, refers to the development of computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence such as learning, reasoning, problem-solving, understanding natural language, perception and interaction with the environment.
As a subgroup of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning, computer vision trains convolutional neural networks (CNNs) to develop human vision capabilities for automated applications.

Thermal cameras, also known as infrared cameras, work by detecting and capturing the infrared radiation (heat) emitted by objects. Unlike visible light, which the human eye can perceive, infrared radiation is not visible to the naked eye. Thermal cameras use special sensors and optics to capture this infrared radiation and convert it into a visible image that represents the temperature differences across a scene.

Product
Competition Series: Vision unit: 750g
Offshore series Vision unit: 990g (SEA.Ai Processing unit: 1,7 kg)
SEA.AI Sentry : 5.4 kg kg

Competition Series :

  • Vision unit:  145 x 130 x 151 mm
  • Processing unit: 190 x 155 x 60mm

Offshore 320 & 640:

  • Vision unit: 190 x 172 x 133 mm
  • Processing unit: 190 x 155 x 60mm

Offshore One 320 (All in one unit): 190 x 172 x 133 mm

SEA.AI Sentry (All in one unit): 366 x 202 x 232 mm

Offshore One:   38 g/m + 96 g/m
Offshore 320 / 640:  36 g/m + 73 g/m
Competition:  31 g/m + 73 g/m

SEA.AI does not need to have a constant internet connection to function. Occasional internet access to update the system with the latest SEA.AI software will ensure best performance and latest AI updates.

Yes, the SEA.AI camera systems are waterproof (IP67) and have been tested in extreme conditions to ensure watertightness, temperature, shock, vibration, and salt water resistance. The lenses of the cameras carry a special coating for protection against the most extreme weather conditions and dirt.

Yes, SEA.AI systems have been designed and tested to withstand the harshest conditions at sea. SEA.AI validation strategy includes durability tests with forces of 10g with more than 1 million cycles.

User maintenance is not required unless your system endures very long periods without rain. In specific cases, it might be necessary to clean lenses with fresh water from time to time.

Offshore and Competition models are compatible with most common MFDs from B&G, Raymarine, Garmin and Furuno. Please get in touch with us to check compatibility.
The SEA.AI Sentry system requires a pc which can be connected to MFDs via HDMI and USB for touch input as well.

All technical documentation is available in our External Library. Please follow the link below to access this customer dedicated FTP site.

Our Sharepoint link

Competition series: Average 20W – Max 40W (Input 12/24V DC)
Offshore One: Average 15W – Max 25W (Input 24V DC)
Offshore 320/640: Average 30W – Max 50W (Input 12/24V DC)
Sentry: Average 45W – Max 70W (Input 24V DC)
Integration
SEA.AI systems need to see the horizon as a reference point. The SEA.AI Sentry has to be installed on a flat horizontal surface. The Offshore and Competition mounting bracket will enable it to be fixed on a horizontal or vertical surface. An automated assistant ensures proper alignment during the first installation.

The processing unit and the SEA.AI Brain need to be installed in a dry environment inside the boat in a vertical position with the connectors facing downwards. To ensure enough ventilation for convectional cooling there should be with at least 100 mm clearance above and 150 mm below the unit.

Yes. It needs to be integrated into the Boat LAN /WiFi for communication with the User Interface (PC, Laptop, Tablet or MFD) and to update the system with a smartphone via the app store (IOs or Android).

SEA.AI system installation has to be precise to ensure the correct operation of your system. It should be installed by a professional. To find your nearest installer, please visit our Dealer Locator web page or get in touch with .

Manual and Documentation

Please find our user guide and documentation in our sharepoint:

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