AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) Provides Smart Buoys to NOAA in Support of Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

May 23, 2007


AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) recently delivered 3 oceanographic buoys to NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay office for the creation of a smart buoy monitoring network.  The first WatchKeeper™ buoy was positioned off Jamestown, Va. in time for the America’s 400th anniversary weekend, May 11-13, 2007.  This was the first observation platform to be launched as part of the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) and the AXYS buoys also mark the historic Captain John Smith National Water Trail.

“These buoys do much more than mark locations along the trail,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, and NOAA administrator. “The concept for these ‘smart buoys’ grew out of NOAA’s advancements in Earth observing systems. NOAA is the lead agency for the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System – a cornerstone of the President’s U.S. Ocean Action Plan – and these buoys will be part of the larger Chesapeake Bay Observing System.”

To interpret the data available from the buoys, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay office is developing educational and interpretive components, including a Web-based classroom curriculum to teach students about the Bay and its resources. Working with various partners, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay office is creating multidisciplinary lessons encompassing science, math, history and culture.

“The Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System provides a great opportunity for students and teachers to explore topics that weave together science and history,” said Peyton Robertson, Acting Director of the NOAA Chesapeake Bay office. “Comparing the historical and present day ecological conditions of the Bay can motivate students to be stewards of the Chesapeake and to undertake restoration and conservation efforts.”

Later this year, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay office will launch and activate the two additional AXYS buoys. The first buoy is to be located where the Potomac River meets the Bay and the second on the Patapsco River at the Bay near Baltimore. The data from these buoys, displayed with information from other observation platforms around the Bay including the Chesapeake Bay Observing System, will be available online.

The solar powered 1.7m diameter WatchKeeper™ buoys collect chemical, optical and physical observations, among others, and transmit them wirelessly ashore in near-real time. These measurements, as well as historical and cultural information about the Bay, can be accessed over the Internet at www.buoybay.org

The WatchKeepers™ were deployed with assistance from the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is celebrating 200 years of science and service to the nation.  NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources. Please visit: www.noaa.gov for more information.

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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.