The kick-off meeting for the NERITES consortium in Hannover, Germany.

The kick-off meeting for the NERITES consortium in Hannover, Germany.

The Kick-Off Meeting of NERITES project took place in Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH) premises between 13th and 14th of February. The meeting was hybrid, with the partners of the project participating both in presence and virtually and planning the project’s first steps and activities.

The 1st day session was dedicated to management issues and project partner’s participation. The 2nd day session included presentations of the WPs by the responsible partner for each one of them.

The project’s target is the use of autonomous platforms for remote monitoring and chemical mapping of underwater heritage sites, such as AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), smart BUOYs and ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles). A swarm of self-coordinated AUVs will be responsible to monitor, survey and scan the heritage sites for detecting/identifying and monitor degradation, state of the Underwater surrounding site, possible intervention actions for alarming conditions etc. AUVs will communicate with the base (BUOY), which is responsible to collect and analyse deeply AUVs information thus providing enhanced site situation awareness insights to the external human supervisor/user. Furthermore, the BUOY will be equipped with renewable solar collectors to ensure continuous power availability and reduced mission’s footprint, enough to support the overall mission energy needs. The user will be located in a remote monitoring station, onshore, to allow periodic mission life cycle management and general overview of the whole system situation based on real-time visual analytic mechanisms.