iXblue, a global high-tech company recognized worldwide for delivering advanced marine autonomy solutions, will be demonstrating its DriX Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) Over The Horizon capabilities. Make sure to drop by the Remote Operations room to see iXblue team operating one DriX located in La Ciotat (France), performing multibeam echosounder survey from the control center in Dublin (Ireland).

Operating under the novel concept of remotely supervised autonomy and cumulating over 15,000 hours in operations, the DriX USV is a seasoned autonomous asset that has helped major hydrographic institutes and energy companies worldwide transition to autonomous marine operations.

Able to conduct both remote-controlled and supervised autonomous operations, DriX offers outstanding seakeeping and speed capabilities. It is a versatile and efficient USV that can host a wide range of payloads and that offers optimum conditions for high quality data acquisition in both shallow and deep waters.

Multi-DriX OTH survey from iXblue inshore Control Center.


Saildrone Surveyor is the first uncrewed surface vehicle to map the deep ocean remotely, as demonstrated by a round trip from California to Hawaii in the summer of 2021, mapping 50,000 square kilometers of seafloor while under sail. Surveyor’s endurance is linked to the ability to utilize the wind for propulsion—creating not only an efficient platform but also an environmentally sustainable one.  Surveyor has several sonar systems: Kongsberg EM304 deep multibeam and EM2040 shallow multibeam, Simrad EK80 fisheries sonar and EC150 ADCP, and Teledyne Pinnacle ADCP. The Surveyor is currently operating in the Northern Pacific Ocean and can perform missions anywhere in the world.

Saildrone staff will showcase Mission Portal—our proprietary application for secure real-time data access and visualization, survey planning, and collaboration.  Participants can view near real-time vehicle statistics, meteorological, oceanographic, and sonar data, as well as bathymetric coverage.  Survey line plans can be drawn directly alongside global grids and other imported bathymetric data, iterated on by surveyors, reviewed by customers, and sent to the vehicle for updated routing to ensure the appropriate coverage is maintained during an active survey.  Customers are then able to observe the survey progress and data quality on the fly throughout the mission.


XOCEAN are bringing their Virtual Operations Room to Dublin. XOCEAN’s USVs are controlled using our propriety Cyberdeck™ cloud platform. Each USV Pilot & Hydrographic Surveyor just requires internet access and a secure VPN to log onto any USV anywhere in the world.

Our Virtual Operations Room will be equipped with a standard configuration of laptop and three screens. One screen will show the USV controls/chart view/system status, one will show the survey computer and the final screen will show the camera views.

XOCEAN will have multiple USVs operating around the world during the Remote Hydrography Conference so we will be logging on to one of those USVs.