Jaia Robotics and Marine Acoustics Announce JaiaBot-PAM with Acoustic Monitoring Capability

Jaia Robotics and Marine Acoustics Announce JaiaBot-PAM with Acoustic Monitoring Capability
Hydrophone mounted to the JaiaBot-PAM Tail (Image credit: Jaia Robotics, Inc.)

Jaia Robotics, Inc., a leader in the design and production of low-cost, micro-sized aquatic drones and data collection and visualization products, is delighted to announce the JaiaBot-PAMTM.


The JaiaBot-PAM has been created through a partnership with Marine Acoustics, Inc. (MAI) adding passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) capability onto the JaiaBot-HYDROTM. All JaiaBot-HYDRO features are also available in this new product, supporting applications in defense, national security, offshore renewable energy, aquaculture, and more.

JaiaBots dramatically reduce the cost of aquatic data collection, operating in multi-vehicle pods at depths up to 60 m and in a wide variety of coastal, estuarine, and inland aquatic environments. The modular design and open-source software enables rapid customization. The Jaia Command & Control (JCC) user interface provides intuitive mission planning and real time system and vehicle status. Rapid data download is available via secure Wi-Fi for ingestion to Jaia’s Data Visualization (JDV) tools or exported in the user’s data format of choice.

MAI’s extensive expertise in the collection, analysis, and modeling of underwater acoustics data has earned them an excellent reputation in the Environmental Services, Energy, and Defense sectors. Their experienced and highly qualified engineering team led the selection and development of the JaiaBot-PAM’s passive acoustic system, and the vision for new deployment opportunities. The system supports omni directional wide band acoustic sensing operating in the 2 Hz–30 KHz frequency range and is provided with an interface that can be used for alternate acoustic devices.

Jaia Robotics and MAI jointly developed the passive acoustic system with support from DBV Technologies. In addition to this new acoustic capability, the JaiaBot-PAM also provides conductivity, temperature, depth, bathymetry, bottom type, current vectors, wave height and wave period data. The offshore renewable energy industry can benefit from using JaiaBot-PAMs for marine mammal detection and sound compliance during survey, construction, and operations. Defense applications include rapid deployment at the forward edge with shore, aerial, or sea-based assets launching JaiaBot-PAM pods or single vehicles to provide persistent force protection and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR).

“The strategic partnership between Marine Acoustic Inc. and Jaia Robotics demonstrates how cooperation in industry can deliver critical solutions at accelerated timelines. This development effort took just four months, delivering a system and the training our warfighters on the schedule they needed to deploy. At Jaia we strive to provide solutions to capability needs that can be rapidly scaled. As demonstrated by the JaiaBot-PAM development, our open-source software and JaiaBot platform is designed for rapid low risk sensor and payload integration, providing unique customer and industry collaboration opportunities,” says Ian Estaphan Owen, CEO and Co-Founder of Jaia Robotics.

Tom Stewart, the CEO of Marine Acoustics, Inc., adds, “The JaiaBot-PAM provides a cost-effective capability essential for protecting the marine ecosystem while developing ocean resources. The capability is enabled by the versatility of the JaiaBot micro-sized autonomous vehicles coupled with expertise of Marine Acoustics with environmental acoustic monitoring and acoustic impacts of human activities on marine life. The Marine Acoustics and Jaia Robotics collaboration exemplifies the potential for bringing together the right know-how to solve today’s problems, enabling sustainable development of the ocean environment for future generations.”


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