archive news - 2017
20 September 2017
"AAL was recently involved in supporting the Royal New Zealand Navy's Inshore Patrol Vessel HMNZS HAWEA undertake training for her deployment in Fiji. AAL provided fishing vessels for HAWEA to train for fisheries boardings, Search and Rescue (SAR) and towing tasks. The training was undertaken in the Suva area and was part of a training programme designed to confirm the HAWEA's new crew readiness for patrolling Fiji's territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone.
In the photo the fishing vessel is simulating having broken down and HAWEA is approaching to pass a tow line and take it under tow.
For further information on the HAWEA's activities please see this NZDF media release: http://nzdf.mil.nz/news/media-releases/2017/20170901-new-nzdf-crew-vows-to-continue-good-work-in-fiji.htm"
14 September 2017
AAL and Kongsberg Digital joined forces at this week's NZDF Simulation Symposium in Wellington to share information on the latest industry developments in the area of Disruptive Technologies and showcase the capabilities and potential of using Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and emerging mixed realities ... read more
20 April 2017
AAL today announced the release of a completely upgraded surface gunfire recording and analysis system “Fall of Shot Recording System” – FOSRS 2.0, which takes advantage of the latest generation camcorder optics and image management to record and measure the miss distance relative to the target, when viewed from the target towing vessel.
It is designed to be operated from a target towing vessel or firing vessel and provides real time calculation of two dimensional distances from a target to the projectile splash position. The system comprises a hand held camcorder and ruggedised laptop computer that utilises latest generation optics and processor technology.
FOSRS 2.0 uses a Canon XF200 HD Camcorder and Panasonic Toughbook in a local WiFi configuration to provide real time streaming in challenging conditions at sea.
Using camcorder metadata, the FOSRS 2.0 application allows dynamic changes to the camera to optimise the image for the prevailing conditions; the calculation to determine the miss distance is adjusted to account for this.
The system is designed to operate for 8 hours on battery, with system memory capable of storing in excess of 130 hours video imagery and data.
FOSRS 2.0 is compatible with previous versions of FOSRS, and MXF or MP4 video recorded from other sources. The system user interface is intuitive with a familiar Windows® feel. The analysis is presented to the operator in a clear format and is automatically exported to MS Excel to produce the final report.
14 March 2017
International Maritime Institute of New Zealand chooses Kongsberg .... read more
AAL's workboat MV Karen D has recently been involved in surveying the approaches to Auckland and Kawau Bay. This task is being undertaken by Discovery Marine Limited (DML) as part of a contract they have with Land Information New Zealand (LINZ).
A multi-beam sounder was fitted to the Karen D and soundings taken from the seaward survey limits into the 5-10m depth contour. All inshore and shallower work was completed by DML's vessels.
On completion of the Auckland task DML also utilised Karen D for some surveying at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour and off the coast of Pukehina.
MV Karen D is a 17m aluminium workboat that can be used for a wide variety of tasks and is based in Tauranga.