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The Liquid Robotics Open Oceans Partner Program is a global technology program designed to accelerate the creation, integration and deployment of new technologies and applications for unmanned ocean systems.

Building on the Wave Glider platform, the program offers a comprehensive suite of open integration and development tools, web services, APIs, training and services as well as access to the first Open Linux, JAVA based Operating Environment and a scalable IP Backplane designed for unmanned maritime systems.

The Open Oceans Partner Program enables leading sensor, software and integration partners to leverage the Wave Glider’s open platform to rapidly develop and deliver repeatable maritime solutions not possible or practical with today’s approaches—while generating new revenue opportunities for their business.




Hardware

Hardware Development Kit
Design-in Components

Software

Software Development Kit
APIs
Data Delivery Portal

Services

Training Portal

Support

Engineering Support
Documentation
Community


The Wave Glider’s open systems platform simplifies and provides a greater range of design approaches to apply technology to solving specific customer problems.”


–Joe Peters,
President, Ultra Electronics USSI

Hardware Development Kit

Bench-top hardware that can reduce the need for a full Wave Glider during software and electrical development.

  • Bench Command and Control Unit (CCU)
  • Proxy umbilical cable
  • Bench Thrudder unit
Hardware development kit

Design-In Components

Modular design-in components speed integration onto the Wave Glider

  • Payload enclosures
  • Towed payload systems
  • Cable and connector kits



Software Development Kit: APIs and Interfaces

Alternate Visualization Interfaces

  • Processing and/or analysis of data sets
  • Advanced shore side visualization analytical tools
  • Application Development

Application Development

  • Integration of vehicle into alternative piloting or control system
  • Autonomous control of vehicles

Payload Integration

  • New sensor, payload or communication channel for system
  • Autonomous control of vehicles

Deep Integration

  • Forked development of base platform hardware and software
  • Low level system integration with complex solutions or networks




Service & Support


Training

Both online and hands on classroom curriculum covering Wave Glider design, system design considerations, as well as electrical, software and mechanical integration


Developer Support

Tailored direct and online support for developers and integrators throughout the project lifecycle, from consultation on architectural concepts to detailed design reviews and advanced technical support


Partner Portal

Online access to documentation, tools, training, support, and community forums





The integration of BioSonics autonomous echosounder with the Liquid Robotics Wave Glider provides a revolutionary tool to study the distribution and migration patterns of marine organisms. We see tremendous potential benefits for researchers.”


–Tim Acker,
President, BioSonics

Frequently Asked Questions


Open Oceans is a global technology partner program designed to accelerate the creation, integration and deployment of new technologies and applications for unmanned ocean systems. Building upon the Wave Glider®, the world’s first wave and solar powered ocean robot, this program offers participating partners a comprehensive suite of open systems integration and development tools, interfaces, training and services as well as access to the first Open Linux, JAVA based Operating Environment designed for maritime systems.


The program content includes:

  • Hardware Development Kit: Engineering documentation, physical and electro-mechanical specifications, CAD drawings and a hardware workbench that can reduce the need for a full Wave Glider during software and electrical development
  • Interfaces: Standards-based and documented to allow integration with sensors, on board and shore side software.
  • Data Delivery Portal: Methodology for access to data and meta data generated by Wave Glider
  • Design-In Component Modules: Components including payload enclosures, towed payload systems, cable and connector kits to speed integration onto to the Wave Glider
  • Training: Hands on classroom curriculum covering Wave Glider design, system design considerations, as well as electrical, software and mechanical integration
  • Developer Support: Tailored direct and online support for developers and integrators throughout the project lifecycle, from consultation on architectural concepts to detailed design reviews and advanced technical support.
  • Partner Portal: Online access to documentation, tools, knowledge base, support, and community forums

The Wave Glider provides a standards-based and open development environment for developers, who can customize to address application needs with their own hardware, sensors, software, and management. Open platforms are comprised of two key components:

  • Industry standard software operating environments languages and communication protocols that provide a consistent architecture on top of which developers can build value-add components. Standardization improves development productivity, interoperability and enables write software once deploy in volume across multiple targets. Examples of standards used in the Wave Glider platform are LINUX, Java, and TCP.
  • Published interfaces that define a consistent way for application and hardware providers to integrate and interoperate with the system. Today Liquid Robotics publishes methods for exchanging data and accessing system services using alternatives such as XML, REST, SOAP and JSON. In addition, we publish a comprehensive set of CAD drawings and design documentation to enable integration of electrical and mechanical components with the Wave Glider.

Details of the open platform components:

  • Comprehensive set of CAD drawings and design documentation to enable integration of electrical and mechanical components with the Wave Glider.
  • Inter-computer communication via HTTP over Ethernet.
  • Well-documented REST interface simplifies application integration and allows applications to take advantage of communication, navigation, sensor, etc. elements.
  • Sensor management computers run on Linux and can be programmed using JAVA, C++, Python, or Lua. Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) omniORB is used for inter-process communication.
  • Wave Glider’s Regulus command and control system uses JAVA reflection to identify and store commands and report these back to the remote Wave Glider Management System (WGMS). In this way partner applications are quickly and easily incorporated into a unified mission operation system. A web services API into the WGMS further enables mission control integration with other partner shore side monitor and control applications.
  • Web GUI interface into the Wave Glider’s Regulus command and control system provides for easy system configuration, diagnostics, and management.
  • Data Services Environment cloud portal provides HTTP query and feed options through a credentialed web UI.

To participate in the program partners must be approved by Liquid Robotics and sign the Liquid Robotics Developer Agreement. Developers will be expected to participate in Developer Training and to purchase professional services support hours.

A good fit for the program are systems integrators, sensor and instrument manufacturers, or software providers who offer defense, commercial or environmental maritime solutions—that are seeking to:

  • Combine their offerings with the Wave- Glider SV3 Platform and deliver the full solution to their customers
  • Develop value add sensor and software solutions and make them available to Wave-Glider system integrators or end users
  • Extend their solution portfolio with services offerings such as Wave Glider mission planning and marine operations services

Partners can increase the value of their existing offerings; generate new revenue opportunity and differentiation by leveraging the capabilities of the Wave Glider to:

  • Deliver solutions not possible/practical with today’s conventional approaches
  • Deliver more cost effective application alternatives vs. today’s conventional solutions
  • Build new system components, sensors and applications that can be delivered by other partners
  • Create new services offerings for Wave Glider mission planning operations and service

Participation requires participation in Liquid Robotics Developer Training. This training is designed to assure partners are well equipped to take advantage of the program, including use of detailed design documentation. While documentation is extensive, partners will require support and are expected to purchase Professional Services Support hours. Additional development tools, test offers, and custom support components of the program can be purchased based on specific partner requirements.


Access to Developer Resources requires execution of the Developer Agreement. For resellers who do not wish to pursue development or Wave Glider systems integration projects these resources are of less immediate relevance.


Program development tools such as the Hardware Development Kit are designed to simulate the target Wave Glider vehicle so partners do not have to invest up-front in a fully functional Wave Glider. Partners should consider acquiring Wave Gliders where appropriate to support demo and proof of concept stages of their customer engagements. Liquid Robotics offers special pricing to support these cases.


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