Ocean Instrumentation

Ocean Instrumentation

Sensors and other electronic devices are our window to the world beneath the waves and supply the raw material of the information age. The Centre for Applied Ocean Technology (CTec) is focused on the development and deployment of next generation Smart Ocean Sensors that are self-initiating, self-powering, remotely monitored and controlled, and able to communicate with other devices in an expanding global web.

Our engineers and technologists work closely with industry to ensure that the right instruments for the right job are employed the first time, every time.

Smart Ocean Sensors

Interest is growing a new class of standards-based ocean sensors. These sensors are web-enabled, offer ‘plug and work' interoperability and supply data that can be shared, processed and presented to end-users across many disciplines and applications. These Smart Ocean Sensors represent new and increased market potential for sensor manufacturers, and reduced costs to end-user.CTec maintains a meteorological/oceanographic buoy located in Holyrood harbour, adjacent to the Marine Institute's Holyrood Marine Base. The Holyrood SmartBuoy is available to industry and academia for testing and performance monitoring ocean sensors in a real ocean environment.

CTec is a founding member of the Smart Ocean Sensors Consortium formed in 2009 by a group of ocean sensor manufacturers and end users with the collective vision of improving the reliability, utility and cost-effectiveness of ocean observing sensor networks through the adoption, development, and promotion of appropriate standard interfaces and protocols. One of the primary objectives of the Consortium is the submission of an interoperable ocean sensor specification for adoption by the Open Geospatial Consortium and, ultimately, adoption of this standard by the wider oceans community.

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SmartBuoy Holyrood Arm

CTec maintains a meteorological/oceanographic buoy located in Holyrood harbour, adjacent to the Marine Institute's Holyrood Marine Base. The Holyrood SmartBuoy is available to industry and academia for testing and performance monitoring ocean sensors in a real ocean environment. The buoy is located only a few hundred meters from shore and can easily be attended year round from the Holyrood Marine Base by small craft.CTec maintains a meteorological/oceanographic buoy located in Holyrood harbour, adjacent to the Marine Institute's Holyrood Marine Base. The Holyrood SmartBuoy is available to industry and academia for testing and performance monitoring ocean sensors in a real ocean environment.

Additionally, research staff has direct access to monitor and control the instruments deployed on the buoy via wireless link connected to the Marine Institute network. The Holyrood SmartBuoy is equipped with an Axys Technologies Watchman 500, a powerful controller that is the heart of operational meteorological and oceanographic buoys deployed around the world. The controller can be configured to support a variety of instrument payloads.

This capability enables SmartBuoy users to participate in international Ocean Science Interoperability Experiments. Near real time oceanographic and meteorological data collected by onboard instruments are accessible via the SmartBay web portal.

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