OSIL use RockBLOCK to assist data collection for tidal energy opportunities

  • January 07, 2020
Working with Bangor University on the SEACAMS2 project, Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has provided a network of three telemetered data buoys which are each equipped with a RockBLOCK. The buoys collect and measure oceanographic, meteorological and water quality data parameters around the coast of North Wales, using the RockBLOCK to transmit that data from remote locations.
The SEACAMS2 project is a collaboration between Bangor University and Swansea University. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the aim of the project is to support research and applications for marine renewable energy, climate change resilience and resource efficiency.
In a continued effort to find sustainable, renewable energy opportunities, the purpose of the buoys in the SEACAMS2 project is to measure the possibility of using the "dramatic, tempestuous and extremely complex environments" that the area is synonymous with for energy purposes, while ensuring it is done safely and efficiently. 
Each buoy has a dual telemetry system to relay their absorbed data from its data logger to control for analysis. If the buoy is in GSM range then the GPRS modem is used, whilst the RockBLOCK Iridium modem is triggered for Short Burst Data (SBD) transmissions when out of GSM range.
Rock Seven CEO, Nick Farrell said: “We are pleased OSIL has chosen to use the RockBLOCK as the satellite communications element for its SEACAMS2 project buoys, ensuring continuity and reliability of its data transmission. The SEACAMS2 project is of great importance in the pursuit of clean energy and making sure the data is complete is invaluable. 
The RockBLOCK is a versatile and dependable way of sending and receiving data from remote locations, and can be used in conjunction with GPRS or in isolation. Because it uses the Iridium Satellite network, it guarantees truly global coverage, even at the Poles.”
OSIL Project Manager, Rob Luthwaite said: "We enjoy working with Rock Seven as they offer great, sensibly priced, products with excellent after sales support and an easy to use online shopfront."
View monitoring real time hydrodynamic changes from coastal platforms article on the OSIL website for further information on this story.

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