Ocean Visuals AS
Ocean Visuals deliver ocean monitoring systems and solutions for real-time decision making and data gathering. Our OWL™LiDAR sensor systems are dedicated real-time detection, verification and classification of oil and organics like algae in water. We provide real-time data gathering with our photonics sensor systems from the air, from the surface and subsea to extract insights and contextualize data in easy-to-use presentation modules.
OWL™ sensors use Hyper-spectral Laser-Induced Fluorescence LiDAR lasers to excite the hydrocarbon molecules that creates a unique spectrum for that particular measurement sample. The sample may then be matched against a library of known oil type spectral samples, enabling real-time classification of that particular oil type sample. OWL™ sensors operate in the invisible spectrum of ultra-violet light and operating them is eye-safe.
Our SEA OWL™ sensor system is dedicated real-time detection, verification and classification of oil-in-water, capable of detecting hydrocarbon molecules (oils) down to part-per-million (ppm) 3 meter down the water column.
Our airborne monitoring platform has two types of sensors:
- ELF OWL™, dedicated use with drones
- AIR OWL™ sensors built for airplanes.
We classify live spectral samples by comparing against a reference library of known substances.
Our ALGAE OWL™ sensor is designed for detection of organics, specifically phytoplankton. The aquaculture industry is randomly affected by harmful algae outbreaks causing loss of livestock. ALGAE OWL™ is designed to detect in realtime phytoplankton from the surface down the water column to 30 meter depth and with part per billion (ppb) mg/l accuracy. The algae density can be used to calculate volume, and correlated with sea current data provide predictions of direction. It is possible to characterize between classes of algae.
Ocean Visuals has patented the technology with United States Patent # US 10041882 granted 7. August 2018 and European patent pending, application # EP14809287.7.