SEA.AI at the Congressional Boating Caucus

SEA.AI demonstrated its machine vision at the Congressional Boating Caucus briefing on April 11, 2024, in Washington, D.C..

This event, organized in partnership with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), aimed to highlight the critical role of innovative marine technologies in safeguarding marine life and boater safety. SEA.AI’s contribution demonstrated the potential of its machine vision in these vital areas. 

Bridging Automotive Innovation and Offshore Racing for Ocean-Wide Safety and Security.

Leveraging computer vision technologies initially refined in the automotive industry, SEA.AI has adapted and rigorously tested these innovations in the demanding environment of offshore racing. This application has led to the development of a powerful AI-based Machine Vision system, designed specifically for maritime use. Capable of detecting floating objects in real time, both day and night, these systems enhance maritime safety and open avenues for autonomous navigation and environmental monitoring, addressing crucial challenges from complex navigation to the protection of marine ecosystems and life. 

Transforming Maritime Safety and Security.

SEA.AI’s Machine Vision tackles critical safety and security challenges in the maritime sector:

Preventing Collisions: Enhancing navigational safety by detecting and avoiding obstacles in real-time, ranging from other vessels to unforeseen maritime hazards.

Securing Vessels and Crews: Providing advanced surveillance capabilities to protect against piracy and unauthorized boarding attempts.
Protecting Marine Life: Preventing collisions with marine mammals by detecting their presence or aiding the enforcement of fishing regulations by detecting unauthorized fishing activities in protected and national maritime zones.
Coastal Monitoring: Offering continuous monitoring for coastal areas to support environmental protection and maritime security efforts.
Autonomous Navigation: Leading the advancement of fully autonomous or remotely operated vessels by enhancing situational awareness beyond the capabilities of standard equipment like AIS and radar.


Policymakers’ Role in Maritime Innovation

As SEA.AI, along with innovators like Garmin, Navico, Whale Seeker, Fathom Science, and Viking,  displayed their technologies to the Congressional Boating Caucus, the dialogue extended beyond mere innovation. This gathering highlighted the important collaboration between technologists and legislators in advancing maritime safety and protecting the environment. Legislative support for technologies such as machine vision is crucial for boosting maritime safety and protecting ecosystems. SEA.AI’s AI-based lookout illustrates how new technologies can make significant positive contributions in these domains, emphasizing the importance of policies and regulations that foster such innovations. The partnership between technology creators and policymakers is essential to ensure the protection and sustainability of our oceans for the future.


A Vision for the Future

As SEA.AI demonstrated its capabilities to US lawmakers, the start-up’s CEO highlighted the broader implications of their technology. “What began as a solution for competitive sailing is now set to transform safety and security standards throughout the maritime world,” said Marcus Warrelmann, CEO of SEA.AI. “Our technology provides unparalleled situational awareness, changing the maritime landscape into a safer environment for all.” 

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