OSCAR system – selected as runner up at the DAME R&D Excellence in Adversity Award

For the first time, the well-known METSTRADE show and the DAME R&D Excellence Award have been held online. 

OSCAR Navigation is proud to have been selected as runner-up (among 47 entries) at the DAME R&D Excellence in Adversity Award with the OSCAR One 320, the first all-in-one collision avoidance system based on smart optical sensors. OSCAR, which stands for Optical System for Cognition And Ranging, detects floating objects day and night to improve vigilance and provide increased safety to crew and boat.

So much work and effort has been put into the development of OSCAR. To be recognized in the DAME award in 2020 marks a great step forward for us. We would like to thank the organisation of the METS, the judges, and most importantly, the entire OSCAR team!

Raphael Biancale, CTO & Founder of OSCAR

For the first time, OSCAR’s eyes and brain have been combined in one single unit. This single unit constantly scans the surroundings ahead of the boat and provides real-time analysis of floating objects from thermal video flux. With its new design combining the vision unit and the processing unit, it was possible to reduce overall weight and energy consumption on the OSCAR One 320. This makes the system even more interesting for owners of boats and yachts – they navigate in safety, comfort and with peace of mind.

OSCAR can be integrated into multifunctional displays (MFD) without losing sight of your boat data. Your MFD will give you an acoustic and visual alert and you will have the same functionality as you do on the OSCAR APP, which can be easily installed on tablets or smartphones and even onboard computers.

Raphael Biancale, CTO and founder of OSCAR, says: “We developed OSCAR ONE 320 to increase safety of blue-water sailors around the world. It is the first “all-in-one” optical system based on AI, to prevent collision with floating objects. We are thankful for this recognition from marine industry experts and the great opportunities to expand our distribution channels worldwide that comes with it.”

OSCAR consists of two thermal cameras, one color camera and a processing unit. With the help of artificial intelligence and deep learning technology, the system detects floating objects by day as well as by night, when the human eye has difficulties to identify obstacles. OSCAR detects and identifies floating objects which in some cases neither the crew, nor the radar, AIS or sonar systems will detect (non-signaled crafts, small buoys, wooden logs…) Owners, skippers and crews benefit from increased safety as well as more comfort and peace of mind during navigation, especially at night: OSCAR will warn them in case of a collision risk.

The ultimate target is to automatically avoid collisions by connecting OSCAR to the autopilot. Today’s autopilots steer a boat by considering the set course and, as far as sailing-yachts are concerned, the wind direction. Tomorrow, floating obstacles along the route will be identified and avoided with our system. Familiar with the heading and speed of the floating object, OSCAR will be able to pass this information on to the autopilot and, with the skipper’s consent, automatically divert the boat’s trajectory in case of a collision risk.

We want to thank all judges: Andre Hoek, Kim Hollamby, Davide Cipriani, Ben Ellison, Patrick Hemp, Elaine Bunting, Arjen Jansen, Dave Marsch and Olivier Racoupeau.