SeaErra is an innovative startup company developing underwater imaging products and solutions. The company focuses on the enhancement of visibility, contrast and colors in images acquired in scattering media such as water and haze, under both ambient and artificial illumination. The expected product lines include software and hardware solutions which are based on the unique patented technology and know-how in the underwater imaging arena. The technology is applicable in post-processing and real time of photographs and videos acquired by off-the-shelf cameras and can also be incorporated in robots, cameras, smartphones and any other relevant hardware. The products are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of applications allowing enhancement of images acquired with existing cameras (software product) or as a full hardware product mounted on underwater vehicles, divers, fish cages, surveillance systems and more.
Our Mission is to enhance the visibility, contrast and colors in images acquired in scattering media, under both ambient and artificial illumination.
SeaErra has developed a suite of novel computer vision algorithms for underwater scene recovery based on analyzing the physical image formation model and reversing the optical effects of the scattering media. The methods can work in real-time since they have low complexity and minimum calibration. The technology is implemented in 3 configurations: Software, Hardware and OEM integrated into existing hardware and software solutions
Sierra’s technology is valuable for a wide range of market segments including the enterprise market (B2B) and the commercial market (B2C). Specifically, it is targeting underwater operations including underwater cameras market (market estimated at 8.9B dollars in 2025), underwater vehicles (market estimated at 4.3 Billion USD by 2023 ) pool robots and tracking systems applied for aquaculture (market estimated at 42.6 Billion USD by 2023) and defense industries.
Company (facilities and infrastructures; money raised) and Team
The company was established in January 2019 based on innovative solutions developed by Dr. Tali Treibitz, at the Marine Imaging Lab, University of Haifa, Israel. It has received seed money of 500k$ while its main shareholders are Carmel and CA innovations 2 fund.
The company operates from the Marine Imaging Lab at Haifa University where it has all required equipment for developing software and hardware designed for underwater operations. Dr. Tali Treibitz heads all R&D activities. GM and BizDev are carried out by Carmel. In the R&D team there are currently 2 algorithm engineers and a hardware and optics engineer.
SeaErra’s products and solutions are based on patented and proprietary technology in the field of image enhancement and restoration in scattering media. The technology has been proved to substantially improve limited visibility and contrast images (due to water, haze, sand or fog) into usable clear images for human use as well as automatic computer vision for recognition, segmentation and tracking. Methods are based on analyzing the physical image formation model and developing algorithms in order to reverse the optical effects of the scattering media. Methods can work in real-time since they have low complexity and minimum calibration.