The AYB unit allows to automate electrical propulsion, ranging from thrusters, outboards to pod or hybrid drives. The motor and battery pack can be selected from market providers.

Via 3G/4G the AYB unit connects to the Atlantis cloud platform without the need for line-of-sight.

Atlantis provides augmented maps on which the AYB module can take decisions. Based on the augmented maps the AYB box can plan his trajectory, can cover a selected area and will avoid objects depicted on the map.

How does it work?

Choose your electrical motors & batteries

Select your electrical motors and batteries based on the type of application. For the AYB, 2 motors are preferred to allow proper steering without a rudder. At this moment AYB supports all Torqeedo motors, Blue Robotics thrusters and any other ESC-controlled thrusters. Don't hesitate to contact us to assist you with choosing the right motors for your specific application.

Choose your hull

Select your hull accordingly. For example: a NRS cataraft or another catamaran type hull. Catamarans are better for survey purposes as they tend to be more stable. Don't hesitate to contact us to assist you with choosing the right hull for your specific application.

Connect the AYB unit

Buy our AYB unit (including R/C control, GPS & tablet) with Cloud Link subscription. Add a SIM card to enable Internet communication and connect the cables to the motor(s).

Use our cloud platform Atlantis to prepare your missions and to real-time view ongoing missions or historical data.

I want to automate my existing vessel

Do you already own a vessel but want to automate it?

Our experience in automating unmanned survey vessels resulted in a game-changing product:
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This marine automation box makes existing vessels autonomous and intelligent.

What’s typically included in a AYB kit?

A standard kit includes the following:

  • AYB motor control
  • 3G/4G communication with dual SIM
  • Compass
  • Waterproof box
  • Graupner R/C controller
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet
  • Cloud Link:
    • Mission preparation
    • Mission execution
    • Real-time visualization on multiple Android devices
    • Online data storage
    • Use of latest machine learning algorithms to improve vessel control
    • Free app upgrades


  • GPS
  • Batteries
  • Connector types (wet-mate or dry-mate)


Internet: 3G+/4G (2 SIM readers)

Wi-Fi: Access Point and Client (2.4 & 5.5GHz)

LAN: up to 4 Ethernet Ports

Serial: RS-232 and RS-485

Bluetooth: v4

Power consumption: < 20 W (excl motors)

Voltage: 12-24 V

Protection: Galvanic shielded zones / Over voltage protection

Compass: NASA Marine NMEA Compass Sensor

Accuracy: +/- 2 degrees

Gimbal: +/- 30 degrees max

Output frequency: 1Hz

Output data: NMEA 0183 sentence HDG

R/C controller: Graupner mz-10 HoTT – 2,4 GHz – 5 Channels

Receiver: Graupner HoTT GR-12 – 2,4 GHz – 6 Channels

Case IP rating: IP67

Size: 550x350x280mm

Tablet type: Samsung Galaxy Tab S2

OS: Android 6

CPU: 1.8GHz, 1.4GHz Octa-Core

Display: 8.0″ 2048×1536 QXGA Super AMOLED

Features: GPS/GLONASS, Anti-shock, IP67

Memory: 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM / MicroSD up to 128GB

Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MIMO

Bluetooth: Version 4.1

Mobile data: 2G/3G/4G (NanoSIM)

Play Store app: 

Tablet screenshots

Download the AYB datasheet

Example applications


Marsur dotOcean automate your boat


dotOcean automate your boat


dotOcean automate your boat





dotOcean is excited for it’s collaboration with the Belgian Navy and the Royal Military Academy on the groundbreaking Triple Helix research project.

The Marsur created by dotOcean and RMA is an autonomous maritime vessel designed to enable operations with multiple heterogeneous unmanned maritime assets. Its capabilities include autonomous navigation, remote control, and coordination with other unmanned vehicles. The Marsur is equipped with advanced sensors, communication systems, and onboard processing capabilities, allowing it to operate effectively in various maritime environments.

This collaboration enables coordinated missions, including surveillance, reconnaissance, search and rescue, environmental monitoring, and maritime security operations. By working together seamlessly, these unmanned assets can cover larger areas more efficiently and effectively than traditional manned operations.


dotOcean collaborates with GEOxyz to realize this achievement

The GeoDrone 1800 is an autonomous surface vessel equipped with advanced sensors and deep learning capabilities. It can navigate shallow waters, collect data from both the seafloor and water column.
Its stable platform ensures high-quality data collection for various applications such as marine research, environmental monitoring, and hydro-graphic surveying. Overall, it autonomously conducts surveys, enhancing safety, affordability and data quality in marine operations.


Port of Antwerp-Bruges Deploys USV Echodrone for Sounding Mission.

The USV Echodrone is an innovative unmanned surface vessel designed for survey operations in shallow waters. Its primary function is to conduct regular depth measurements in areas that are typically challenging for manned vessels to access. Equipped with advanced sensors and navigation systems, the Echodrone autonomously navigates and collects precise depth data, providing valuable information for port management and maintenance.

One of the key benefits of the Echodrone is its ability to optimize resources and reduce emissions compared to traditional manned survey methods. By employing electric propulsion and autonomous navigation technology, it offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution for surveying shallow water environments. Additionally, its low draft allows it to access areas that are inaccessible to larger vessels, expanding the scope of survey operations.


Marine contractor builds own vessel.

A marine contractor build their own vessel according to their requirements. dotOcean helped choosing motors and GPS.

By adding the AYB unit, this marine contractor is now able to execute his own surveys and get real-time depth maps on his tablet. This greatly reduced their operational costs per construction site.

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