MEDIA ADVISORY: October 16, 2013 UPSV Demonstration

University of Hawaiʻi
Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, (808) 228-8108
Director of Communications & Outreach, University of Hawaii Innovation Initiative
Posted: Oct 10, 2013

University of Hawai‘i Unmanned Port Security Vessel Demonstration and Business Development Announcement


WHAT:  A live demonstration of the UH’s Unmanned Port Security Vessel (UPSV) technology and business partnership announcement.


WHO:  Dr. Margot Edwards, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence for Island, Maritime and Extreme Environment Security (CIMES), and Dr. Brian Bingham, UPSV Project Co-Director


WHEN:   Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 10:00-11:30 a.m. HST


WHERE:  UH Marine Center, Snug Harbor (Pier 45), 1 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu, Hawaii   96819


HOW MEDIA CAN ATTEND:  Let security know you are there for the UPSV demonstration and you will be directed to parking for the event.


DETAILS:  The University of Hawai‘i’s Unmanned Port Security Vessel (UPSV) is a robotic platform designed to support maritime missions in harbor and port environments including infrastructure inspection and incident response and recovery, and harbor surveillance.  Rapidly deployable, the vessel can be used to map the seafloor in high resolution, photograph critical infrastructure below and above the waterline, detect chemical leaks or spills, and relay real-time video—all at the same time.  This made-in-Hawaii technology can provide critical decision support to first-responders and other maritime security personnel around the world.  Interest in UH’s UPSV technology has led to a business development agreement with a global innovation leader.



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