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Videoray - News - September 21, 2005

VideoRay delivers 500th underwater robot to City of Long Beach Fire Department

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds units for three local agencies to protect nation’s key west coast port

Phoenixville , PA - VideoRay LLC announced today that it has sold its 500th VideoRay unit to the City of Long Beach Fire Department. The VideoRay Pro III was the third VideoRay recently sold to area agencies to protect the ports and waterways of Southern California.

In November, 2003 the United States Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (USCG MSST) unit 91103 in San Pedro received its VideoRay Pro II as part of program to equip each MSST unit with VideoRay underwater robotic cameras. These cameras are used to inspect piers, ship hulls, and other harbor locations rapidly, efficiently, and safely in a variety of conditions for different prevention and response scenarios.

In December, 2004, the Los Angeles Port Police purchased a VideoRay Pro III with a DHS grant to accomplish similar missions. In order to receive the maximum benefit from the unit, they purchased specialized training from VideoRay in the use of the system. When the training was conducted, MSST members and members of the City of Long Beach Fire Department attended the training. This allowed each of the agencies to learn how to use the unit to respond to boating and other harbor accidents, and terrorist attacks.

After the session, the Long Beach Fire department purchased their own unit with a third DHS grant, and it was delivered in July. The City of Long Beach Fire Department was very excited to add VideoRay to their underwater capabilities. The VideoRay can check to see what's below the surface and what shape it's in. It doesn't care how deep, cold, or contaminated the water might be. The VideoRay reduces risk to human divers and is small enough to operate off of any of the Long Beach Fire Department trucks or boats.

The San Pedro MSST, Los Angeles Port Police Beach and the Long Beach Fire Department now benefit from using the same equipment and training. They can better support each other and cooperate more efficiently, because they are familiar with each other's equipment and operating procedures. They can also rely on each other for extra equipment or back up when necessary.

VideoRay now has far more Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in service around the world than any manufacturer, and is delivering additional ROVs at an increasing rate. A significant percentage are used worldwide by military and public safety agencies. In August the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded VideoRay a contract to supply vehicles to the US government, making it easier and faster for many agencies to acquire one. See for more information.

VideoRay submersible Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are the most widely used small, portable, and configurable ROVs available. Weighing just 8 pounds and starting at $5995 USD, VideoRays can be equipped with sonar, positioning systems or other accessories, and are used for underwater surveys, offshore inspections, search and recovery, homeland defense, science, fish farming, and a range of applications in underwater environments.

For further information:

Chris Gibson
VideoRay LLC Director, Marketing
Phone: 610.458.3000

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