Baltimore police are bringing a new robot onto the force to provide some help with harbor searches.
According to city documents, the police department is purchasing a remotely operated underwater vehicle, or ROV, made by Pottstown, Pa.–based VideoRay. The $71, 786 purchase was approved this week by the city’s Board of Estimates.
A police spokesman told the Baltimore Sun, which first reported the story, that the department used the technology after divers tried for two weeks to search the harbor for a man earlier this year. The city put out a request to buy such a device the next month.
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VideoRay’s Pro 4 Plus BASE includes the submersible robot, which about 13.5 pounds. It’s driven with a controller and computer with pre-loaded software.
Along with searches, the company touts applications for commercial diving, research, maritime salvage and film and TV.