Blue Robotics for Sustainable Eco-friendly Services (Blue RoSES)
Description of project
Blue RoSES aimed at developing innovative services that sought to adapt marinas and leisure boat design to changing customer demand. By integrating robotics and IoT, those new services were expected to create job opportunities and new business models. Customers would be enabled to visit underwater sites by piloting a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) from a leisure boat, ground control room, or web app. This would have facilitated access to the subsea environment by the elderly and young people alike, thus adding a "new dimension" to marinas and attracting increasing interest from diversified users. The project would have fostered the design of innovative leisure boats that integrated robotic vehicles with ever-improving ICT services. The project would also have addressed environmental challenges since ROVs would have been used to monitor water, seabeds, and yacht hulls for safer refitting and dismantling. The Blue RoSES Lab would have coordinated the collective endeavor of a multi-disciplinary team of young researchers and senior experts in marine robotics, IoT services for marinas and yachting, market intelligence, and business. Innovative services and related business models would have been identified through stakeholder-driven discussions and would have been developed by the project partnership, which comprised research institutions, universities, SMEs, and industrial clusters.
The team designed, implemented, and integrated the robotics & IoT infrastructure required to create innovative services, which were evaluated through a couple of pilot actions on remote access to tourist underwater sites and waters and seabed monitoring inside marinas. The partnership's multi-disciplinary competences and international relationships supported the promotion of Blue RoSES innovative services to stakeholder groups, such as marine protected areas, Blue Growth technology clusters, platforms for technical and political cooperation, and marine literacy institutions. The West Med assistance mechanism supported the proposal.