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Bluefin Robotics and ING Engineering Inc Announce AUV Partnership for Canadian Market
MIT spin-off Bluefin Robotics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Battelle, provides Canada’s ING Engineering sub-surface search, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed May 29, 2009
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Bluefin Robotics Corporation, a developer of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), announced an exclusive Canadian distribution agreement with ING Engineering Inc. of Ottawa.  Under the agreement, ING Engineering will sell and provide selected after-sales service support on the full range of Bluefin Robotics’ AUVs.  The agreement highlights the emergence of AUVs as cost effective and capable tools for use in underwater activities ranging from gathering bathymetric data, to assisting in offshore oil exploration, to port and ship security, to recovery operations, to route survey, and to littoral intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance activities.

Spun off in 1997 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AUV Laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Bluefin Robotics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Battelle. Bluefin’s track record of developing and fielding AUVs has led to dramatic gains in capability, performance, and applicability allowing for a rapid expansion of military, national security, and commercial applications of the technology.

“We are pleased to be working with ING Engineering to expand the Bluefin AUV user group in Canada,” said David Kelly, President of Bluefin Robotics.

Ian Glenn, Chairman and CEO of ING Engineering, stated that “the addition of Bluefin’s AUVs enables ING Engineering to provide both sub-surface as well as aerial ISR solutions - answering Government of Canada search, surveillance, and reconnaissance requirements both domestically and overseas.  These capabilities are critically important in the context of global warming and Canadian Arctic sovereignty.  Equally important, however, is the fact that the capabilities of Bluefin AUVs are now available to Canadian academia and off-shore extractive industries through a Canadian company.”

About Bluefin Robotics
Bluefin Robotics manufactures and develops Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) vehicles, systems, and technology.  Founded in 1997, the Company has grown to become a world leader in AUV products designed for military, commercial (oil and gas exploration, sea floor mapping), archaeological, and other applications.  Bluefin Robotics is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Battelle.  For more information visit or contact Deanna Abraham at (617) 715-7080 or at

About ING Engineering
ING Engineering Inc. (Ottawa) is a growing world-class corporation focused in the fields of Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).  ING Engineering is a founding member of UVS Canada, the national not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of unmanned vehicle systems within Canada and abroad since 2002.  For more information see or for AUV related-inquiries contact Patrick Crandell VP C4ISR Exploitation Solutions at 613-698-6509 or

Deanna Abraham
Bluefin Robotics
T. (+1) 617.715.7080
F. (+1) 617.498.0067

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