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Bluefin Robotics buys UK underwater software developer

08th October 2013

Bluefin Robotis acquired SeeByte to offer complete suite of autonomy products for oil and gas market

Bluefin Robotics buys UK underwater software developer
The combined companies will offer autonomy products for surface and underwater vehicles

Bluefin Robotics, a global provider of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), on Monday announced it acquired SeeByte Ltd, a UK-based provider of autonomous platform software for underwater sensors, vehicles and systems, in a bid to expand its service and technology portfolio.


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 defence and commercial oil and gas 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 operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bluefin. The company will continue to provide open architecture, platform-agnostic software products and related services.


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