The overall vision of the MFAAS Accelerator project is to prototype, pilot and commercialise our novel bio-inspired robotic fishlike autonomous underwater vehicle. The patented (US 10882591 B2) mechanical design, size and flexible tail mimic the gentle undulating motion of a swimming fish with utmost power efficiency. MFAAS unobtrusively collects and delivers real-time visual and environmental data to the Aquaai web dashboard. Affordable to all Blue Economy and R&D users, MFAAS provides data to protect marine and freshwater ecosystems in a climate challenged world. MFAAS navigates via IMUs, DVL, visual odometry, GPS, computer vision and artificial intelligence, carrying up to 16 different sensors, two POE cameras and one depth camera that capture visual, biological, environmental and geological data – including pH, DO, EC, ORP, nitrate, temperature, salinity, acoustic, luminosity, bathymetric and RGB-D images. MFAAS weighs 20kg and can manoeuvre in confined spaces, around coral reefs and subsea structures, in calm or turbulent rivers and open seas.
Our MFAAS technology has a major market potential compared to current state-of-the-art technologies. To increase our commercial success and impact, we have created a Strategic Business Plan, as a detailed roadmap, describing all necessary activities we need to undertake to ensure a successful market introduction. Now, we seek to develop our Commercialisation Plan (CP), which will form an important part of the final Business Innovation Plan (BIP), to be created in this Accelerator project. As the envisaged Accelerator project builds upon a validated prototype technology, most of our efforts will be focused on piloting and commercialisation activities.