In January 2007, The Maritime Alliance was launched by The Security Network to organize the local maritime technology cluster -- one of the most dynamic in the world, with companies ranging from providing above and below water communications to sensors of all kinds, and environmental monitoring to underwater robotics.
Bolstered by the efforts of immediate past president, Del Kintner, and current president, retired Capt. Dennis Cole (San Diego Sheriff’s Department), the San Diego Lindbergh Chapter of AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) is quickly growing as an organization that helps companies find multiple applications for unmanned technologies. A co-sponsor of the half-day seminar on maritime robotics July 23 with The Maritime Alliance, Kintner and Cole discussed the mission of AUVSI, why San Diego is a hotbed for unmanned technologies and the organization’s mission to find dual-uses for member companies.
The ocean is a major contributor to the world economy. It provides low-cost transportation -- over 90 percent of global trade is carried by sea. Over the millennia it has fed us, provided energy and raw materials, moderated our temperature, and let us enjoy it in a multitude of ways. Yet there is much to explore -- 70.8 percent of the world’s surface is ocean, which given its average depth, means that 98 to 99 percent of habitable earth is underwater, and we have examined less than 10 percent of that.