The SWARMs platform targets to integrate, coordinate and improve the functionalities of the different AUVs/ROVs, and to exchange information with each other by means of a communication network, during the execution of a specifically configured underwater operation regardless its complexity. SWARMs platform is distributed among the different elements taking part in a mission.
The above picture includes the representation of the teleoperation tool (on the upper left corner, and hosted in the vessel represented on the top right side), the distributed intermediation platform, together with the coordination and environment characterization components (represented underwater), as well as the communication network and links, where the yellow dashed lines represent information flow.
A new generation of integrated platform is being designed and developed in SWARMs, which will also be implemented, to facilitate cooperating networked AUVs/ROVs/USVs in order to increase their autonomy in the context of carrying out sophisticated unmanned industrial offshore activities, particularly targeting to support subsea construction systems and providing maintenance assistance.
For this, it is necessary to develop a distributed semantic cognitive open architecture and platform of networked AUV/ROV/USV meshes. The platform will allow exporting the functionalities of the different vehicles as services, which can be composed and orchestrated in order to create new particular services in terms of mission needs. This enables such vehicles, from different manufacturers, to share functionalities in a transparent way, independently of the physical location and the operations to be carried out in the industrial process. Thereby creating and deploying control and management services, and hardware, to assist in the execution of mission’s tasks.
SWARMs entrusts the platform with creating, monitoring, controlling and managing the mission; to (re)distribute, (re)configure, (re)synchronize and (re)plan the activities autonomously in real-time.
SWARMs technical approach considers and targets:
To achieve the proposed objectives in SWARMs, the necessary work to be developed within the project is arranged in nine different Work Packages, as listed below.
- ECSEL Project Number:
- Start Date: 01 July 2015
- End Date: 30 June 2018
- 30 Partners
- 10 European Countries
- Total Cost: 17.3 M€
- EU Funding: 6.4 M€
- National Funding: 5.7 M€
- ECSEL MASP Coverage:
• 31 - Architectures
• 32 - Autonomy and cooperation
- Project Coordinator:
José-Fernán Martínez (UPM)