AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) Delivers Data Buoys to NOAA for Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System.

March 26, 2007

AXYS is about to deliver 3 ‘Smart’ buoys to NOAA for deployment in the Chesapeake Bay.  These buoys will be initial components of the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) as well as support the recently authorized Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.  Deployment is scheduled for April 2007.  The buoys will be featured in ceremonies expected to be attended by President Bush and Queen Elizabeth II during May 2007 to commemorate America’s 400th anniversary in Jamestown, Virginia.  CBIBS is operated by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office in Annapolis, MD.

The AXYS WatchKeeper buoy will provide the buoy platform.  A TRIAXYS Directional Wave sensor, a Wetlabs/SeaBird water quality sensor, a Nortek Current Profiler and other instrumentation including wind, air temperature and pressure sensors will then be integrated into the platform.  A Watchman500™ payload will provide the control system for the buoy.  This dynamic yet flexible payload provides system operators the ability to manage and control a specific sensor or entire buoy system from their office.  Data from the buoys will be collected by the Watchman500™ and sent to shore using Verizon’s CDMA cellular network.  NOAA will create a customized website for data display.  K-12 students, teachers, mariners, oceanographers and recreational enthusiasts such as kayakers and boaters will have access to the data via custom wireless products as well as the internet.

AXYS has an established track record of delivering customized and reliable buoy systems around the world.   AXYS’ Manager of Marine Systems, Don Bryan said: “AXYS is very pleased to be participating in the establishment of such a novel interpretive buoy system for the Chesapeake.  We are particularly pleased to know that schoolchildren and recreational users will be able to use the data from this buoy system to gain a better understanding of their local marine environment. ”

Terms of the contract have not been provided.

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office works to help protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay through its programs in fisheries management, habitat restoration, coastal observations, and education, and represents NOAA in the Chesapeake Bay Program. See http://noaa.chesapeakebay.net/

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AXYS Technologies Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes and maintains remote environmental data acquisition, processing and telemetry systems.  For further information contact AXYS at:  info@axys.com or www.axystechnologies.com.