VisionAnchor: This award-winning design could be the anchor of the future

We take a first look at SeaVision’s new VisionAnchor concept, which recently won an EU space program award for its innovative use of underwater drone technology.Just as we’re still reeling from the Bladerunner-esque concept of smart clothing, along comes a smart anchor! It’s the brainchild of Slovenian start-up SeaVision, which won a prize at the MyGalileoSolution competition, organised by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The VisionAnchor system is based on an anchor buoy equipped with an underwater camera pointing directly […] This article VisionAnchor: This award-winning design could be the anchor of the future appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

VisionAnchor: This award-winning design could be the anchor of the future

We take a first look at SeaVision’s new VisionAnchor concept, which recently won an EU space program award for its innovative use of underwater drone technology.

Just as we’re still reeling from the Bladerunner-esque concept of smart clothing, along comes a smart anchor!

It’s the brainchild of Slovenian start-up SeaVision, which won a prize at the MyGalileoSolution competition, organised by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

The VisionAnchor system is based on an anchor buoy equipped with an underwater camera pointing directly downwards and a Galileo based satellite transceiver.

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This allows the boat’s owner to monitor the precise location of their anchor via their smartphone and sounds an alarm if the anchor drags.

But best of all is the ability to actually see your anchor on the seabed and check that it has set correctly.

SeaVision says that its product could also be a solution for the conservation of protected areas, such as coral reefs and sea grass, ensuring you only drop anchor in bare sand or mud.

The €40,000 prize will go into development of the VisionAnchor with a view to bringing it to market, claiming that it ‘will take us to a new era of smart anchoring’.

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And if that should ever fail, there’s a 56hp Vetus wing engine too, so you’ve got an emergency option to get you home.

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Altena 53 specifications

LOA: 53′ (16.15m)
Beam: 15′ 9″ (4.8m)
Displacement: 92,000lbs (41,730kgs)
Main engine: 215hp Caterpillar 3306
Wing engine: 56hp Vetus
Top speed: 9 knots
Cruising speed: 5 knots
Range: 5,000nm
Built: 1998
Price: £445,000

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