Placentia Bay, Newfoundland - SmartBay provides access to information to assist in effective management and sustainable development of coastal ocean areas of Placentia Bay and improve the safety and security of life at sea. The website provides customized weather and sea state forecast information using data gathered by four oceanographic buoys strategically placed in Placentia Bay.‌

The information is updated four times daily. The buoy data is available to the public in near-real time. Fishers, shipping companies and other users in the area routinely take advantage of SmartBay as a user-driven ocean observing system that helps them make better decisions about their operations in the bay.

SmartBay can be used to improve:

  • marine safety
  • marine efficiency
  • vessel operations management
  • industrial development
  • community socio-economics and
  • environmental protection

In addition, SmartBay has introduced the local fishing industry to Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology, greatly improving the interaction between oil tankers and fishing vessels. An important aspect of SmartBay is its spin-off role in Newfoundland and Canadian ocean research and development.

The SmartBay buoys and related technology have been engineered with the size, power and data capacity to carry and support research and product testing.

New products can be tested in the actual harsh marine environment and test data can be collected and delivered to the developer. The Marine Institute’s School of Ocean Technology leads the Placentia Bay SmartBay Ocean Observation initiative in partnership with three private sector firms, AMEC Earth and Environmental, International Communications and Navigation (ICAN) Limited and Earth Information Technologies (NL) Limited.