CATHX OCEAN offer the gold standard of subsea surveying technology for environmental scientists and researchers. We offer unique ways of collecting and processing large area, high resolution data through the use of CATHX FDI® (Fast Digital Imaging) and our CLARITY platform
Uncrewed underwater systems are equipped with advanced sensors, cameras, and data processing capabilities. This enables high-quality data collection, performance of complex tasks, and operation for extended periods without human limitations. However, it does not come without challenges and to advance machine vision and machine learning based automation in the underwater environment, it is imperative to adopt a correct workflow methodology to handle the data (even if manual) at the outset.
To reliably observe and monitor changes in coral reef health over a 10-year period, colour, scale, image sharpness, lighting uniformity and consistency all images need to be standardised. This ensures variances due to contributing factors like different sensors, vehicles, operating, or environmental conditions are removed. Machine Learning algorithms cannot deliver a reliable solution until fundamental issues like these and underwater video and still imagery quality are resolved. While this may appear obvious in hindsight, Cathx Ocean learned this six years ago and we are now positioned to deliver the software solutions to address these challenges. From only this start point, can we look at what information industry needs, as we now have the necessary building blocks that will offer technology solutions at scale.