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NIO transfers AUV technology to VEA
The National Institute of Oceanography, Goa has signed a technology commercialization agreement for the transfer of its Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technology to VEA Automation and Robotics Pvt Ltd, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The tenure of the agreement is five years The agreement was signed by Dr V.Sanil Kumar, Scientist and Head, Business Development, NIO and Shri J.Ravi, Director, VEA in the presence of NIO and Department of Information Technology (DIT) (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Govt of India).officials here on 4 September 2009. The development of AUV called MAYA was undertaken by a team of scientists comprising Elgar Desa, R. Madhan, S. Prabhudesai, Pramod Maurya, Gajanan Navelkar, A. Mascarenhas, RG Prabhu Desai, Sanjeev Afzulpurkar, Nitin Dabolkar, SN Bandodkar and a group of young Project Assistants in the Marine Instrumentation Division of NIO, Goa. The development of AUV was through funding by NIO, Goa (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi) and the Department of Information Technology The Maya AUV has many applications in oceanography as it can collect standard oceanographic data in confined areas; can detect phytoplankton blooms with the help of optical radiometers and fluorometer; it can be used as a platform for testing new marine sensor technologies. In its present version, Maya has been used for oceanographic data collection only.
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