Demonstration of Exos 2024, a project led by Pixel sur Mer and certified by the Pôle Mer Bretagne Altlantique
The Pôle Mer Bretagne Altlantique is a strategic organisation for the development of the maritime ecosystem. The aim of the Pôle Mer is to support companies in the maritime sector in their efforts to develop innovative projects, encourage collaboration and, above all, help them find public or private funding. It was pointed out at the event that 80% of the projects approved by the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique find the funding they need to get off the ground.
Pixel sur Mer is currently working on a project in response to a call for interest launched by the IMOCA class and the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique: the EXOS 2024 project to prevent collisions at sea. This project, accredited by the Pôle Mer, is the result of collaboration between Pixel sur Mer, Sea Ai and ENSTA Bretagne. The aim is to develop a solution that can detect one or more targets at a distance and avoid a collision at high speed, by automatically offering an avoidance action. For this project, Pixel sur Mer is playing the central role of data fusion, calculation of the avoidance trajectory and automatic avoidance action. As a part of Happy Blue and the maritime innovation Thursdays launched by the Secretary of State for the Sea, demonstrations at sea were organised on board the Céladon. Pixel sur Mer took the opportunity to present this innovation alongside its partner Sea.Ai.
For Pixel sur Mer, which is based in Brest and at the submarine base in Lorient, the aim of this project is to design and develop a complete obstacle avoidance system for navigation at sea for a large audience. The challenges and applications go far beyond the IMOCA class alone.
Pixel sur Mer elected to the Board of Administration of the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique
The other highlight of the day was the renewal of the board of administrators of the Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique, for which Pixel sur Mer was a candidate. The results of the vote, which took place at the start of the day, were announced in the evening. Pixel sur Mer was elected by its peers with the highest number of votes. The election of the SME-SMI college representatives was highly contested, with 6 candidates for 3 positions. Pixel sur Mer was elected by an absolute majority, which is a real vote of confidence for this SME based in Brest and Lorient.
Interview of Jean François Cuzon, founder and CEO of Pixel sur Mer
Jean-François, can you tell us what the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique can do for an SME like Pixel sur Mer?
"The Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique plays a central role in boosting and supporting the innovation capacity of SMEs like Pixel sur Mer. For us, it's a real support for growth and employment in our growth markets. We are very honoured to have been chosen by the college of Breton VSEs and SMEs to represent them."
Can you tell us why Pixel sur Mer applied to join the board of administrators of the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique?
"As an SME based in our great maritime region, we wanted to be fully involved in the development and innovation of our companies in France and internationally."
Can you tell us what you want to bring to the table in concrete terms?
"We want to help bring together companies, research centers and training establishments around common themes. We also want to support and encourage the development of collaborative R&D projects, which are a growth driver for company members. Finally, we want to participate in the Pôle Mer's innovation projects in its strategic areas of action."
The day, hosted by Océanopolis in Brest, kicked off with discussions and lectures.
At-sea demonstration of our collision avoidance solution
Vincent Drévillon, Director of Scientific Programmes, comments on the EXOS 2024 Project demonstration, with Gaëtan Gouerou, founder and associate director of Sea.Ai, in the background.
The Céladon: a research vessel adapted to high-tech trials at sea