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ASN, iXblue and SeaOwl launch subsea innovation group - AMSSI

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Three French subsea players have announced the creation of the Agora for Maritime & Submarine Sustainable Innovations (AMSSI).

The news follows months of discussions and dialogue between the three and will see AMSSI used as a vehicle to develop innovative technologies dedicated to environmental protection underwater.

The three founding members of this new organisation are Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), a global developer of subsea telecoms cable systems. iXblue, an advanced technology vendor in the fields of maritime autonomy, inertial navigation, subsea positioning and subsea imagery. And lastly SeaOwl an international maritime services operator, a leader in drone-based maritime services.

New French and European members are expected to join ASN, iXblue and SeaOwl at AMSSI to accelerate the development of new innovation projects.

Specifically, the exiting partnership with the founding three member aims to act as the French innovation cluster where members come together to share and combine their expertise and technologies to bring to life concrete and innovative industrial projects in the maritime and underwater fields, as well as in the fight against climate change.

Together, AMSSI will combine R&D, innovation and French know-how, adopting a proactive approach towards the implementation of the various technologies developed through its members' R&D programmes, ultimately leading to the industrial deployment of its projects.

In the long-term, by combining the expertise of its members AMSSI plans to develop an ecosystem capable of meeting major technological challenges as well as building an “effective and relevant” community for maritime technologies and services.

Among its many venture, member companies have already begun working on an innovative project, namely the development of a remotely operated hydrographic surface vessel, i.e. a drone capable of carrying out long-distance survey missions.

Other projects related to climate change and marine digitalisation are also being studied.

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