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AI-based collision avoidance on every yacht

BSB launches its very handy OSCAR One 320. This collision avoidance system fits nearly any boat and uses artificial intelligence to detect floating objects at sea.

The BSB Group is proud to introduce the OSCAR One 320, an automated monitoring system to support in navigation and help to prevent collisions with objects at sea.

For the first time, OSCAR’s eyes and OSCAR’s brain have been combined in one single unit. This single unit constantly scans the surroundings ahead of the boat and provides real-time analysis of floating objects from thermal video flux. With its new design combining the vision unit and the processing unit, the BSB Group could save in the overall weight and in energy consumption on the OSCAR One 320. This makes the system even more interesting for owners of boats and yachts of nearly any size – they travel in safety, comfort and peace of mind.

OSCAR can be integrated into your multifunction display (MFD) without losing sight of your boat data. Your MFD will give you acoustic alert and you will have the same functionality as you do on the OSCAR APP which can be easily installed on tablets or on-board computers and displays floating objects along the route according to the navigation modes selected.

The installation of the OSCAR One 320 does not require any modification on the on-board electronics and the dedicated teams of BSB and its dealer network can offer installation service.

Raphael Biancale, CTO and founder of OSCAR, says: “We developed OSCAR ONE 320 to meet the needs of blue-water sailors and motorboat owners around the world. It is worldwide, the first “all in one” solution [S1] when it comes to our USP[S2] namely – collision avoidance for boats. We are happy that we can now offer added safety and comfort to an even broader market with the ONE 320”

OSCAR consists of two thermal cameras, one color camera and a processing unit. With the help of artificial intelligence and deep learning technology, the system detects floating objects by day as well as by night, when the human eye has difficulties to identify obstacles. Non-signaled crafts, sleeping whales, wooden logs, containers and debris or other floating objects are detected, which neither the crew, nor the radar or sonar system will detect. Owners, skippers and crews benefit from increased safety as well as more comfort and peace of mind during navigation especially at night: OSCAR will warn them once a risk for collision occurs.

The ultimate target is to automatically avoid collisions by connecting OSCAR to the autopilot. Today’s autopilots steer a boat by considering the set course and, as far as sailing-yachts are concerned, the wind direction. Tomorrow, obstacles along the route will be identified and avoided. Familiar with the heading and speed of the floating object, OSCAR will be able to pass this information across to the autopilot and, with the skipper’s consent, automatically divert the boat’s trajectory in case of a collision risk.

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