Underwater Drone Docking Station
Blue Logic is an underwater technology company that develops mechanical, hydraulic and electrical products for the underwater interface market, as well as offering related services and special projects to the same market.
An open-standard subsea docking station
WPC used CDP studio for an integrated control and monitoring system with subsea electronics, topside control station, cloud access and network-control.
The result was an open-standard subsea docking station for underwater vehicles (UAVs). Their innovative solution allows any type of UAV to dock, charge and transfer data; and for the first time de-coupling the drone from the manned surface vessel. The Blue Logic charging station for autonomous underwater drones use hardware from various vendors to provide a universal solution with inductive connectors for power and data communications.
The wireless charging station saves cost and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves safety and reliability and will be an enabler for future solutions and operations in offshore energy.
We were amazed how fast we could integrate our special hardware and add graphical user interfaces.
Lars Gunnar HodnefjellProduct Manager, Blue Logic
Open innovation with standard interfaces
The CDP application acts as an edge computing device as it can store data collected from the charging station in the built-in data logger and perform local data analytics. Subsea suppliers and oil companies set high data integrity requirements and using CDP Studio it is easy to connect specific raw or aggregated data securely to multiple cloud solutions for the oil field operator, sub-sea contractor, UAV vendor etc. Distributed remote operator interfaces, both cloud-based and as PC applications, can be connected securely to the system.
Distributed control and high performance HMI
Battery management, power control and load sharing, condition monitoring, alarm handling, communication management, authentication, analytic connection to cloud, distributed remote operator interfaces.
The CDP Studio built-in function library provided the core functionality and made it very fast to develop the solution. Further, the specific development was created in reusable function blocks and added to their own toolbox. This is easily shared across the team and further saves time and increases reliability and quality.
The HMI design is fully integrated in the CDP Studio IDE to achieve advanced interaction between the control core and the visual presentation. Together with the large set of pre-made widgets and configurable graphical elements, a modern and unified user interface was easily created.
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