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Icelandic company honored for underwater vehicle

By Iceland Review

Icelandic high-tech company Hafmynd Ltd. received the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Disruptive Solution in Homeland Security Award for its GAVIA autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) solution.

The underwater vehicle has been in a process of development, testing and evaluation for ten years. With it, Hafmynd combines “superior development timeframes, operational fit, experience and affordability,” according to a press release from Hafmynd released yesterday.

Manuel Magalhaes, Frost & Sullivan European Aerospace & Defence Programme Manager, said: “In a market where security options for seaports and critical off-shore infrastructure have remained static for over two decades, the GAVIA solution fills an important gap in the market.”

The GAVIA AUV is capable of operation in depths up to 2,000 meters with accurate navigation capabilities. It is considered simple and to have much lower acquisition and operating costs than comparable underwater vehicles.

Potential clients both in Europe and outside Europe have shown GAVIA considerable interest. Recently, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Centre (SPAWAR) invested in the underwater vehicle. Hafmynd is now working with clients to develop specific military and security sensors and modules.

The Frost & Sullivan Award for Disruptive Solution is presented each year to the company that has best demonstrated the ability to develop and/or advance products with distinct innovative capabilities.

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