AXYS WatchKeeper buoys to support Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics

May 5, 2015

AXYS WatchKeeper Metocean BuoyAXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) is pleased to announce that four WatchKeeper metocean buoys were selected by the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) to be used by the Autoridade Publica Olimpica (APO) in support of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The WatchKeeper buoys will be deployed in July of 2015 to provide real-time metocean data for some regional games as a trial before the Olympic Games in 2016.

The buoys will be deployed at Copacabana beach and Guanabara Bay to provide wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, solar radiation, directional waves, current speed and direction, water temperature and salinity data for forecast improvements and real time data specific to sports such as, beach volleyball, sailing, triathlon, cycling and marathon swimming. AXYS Field Technicians will travel to Brazil to commission and deploy the buoys, as well as train local service workers on their continued operation and maintenance.

Once the Olympic Games are complete the WatchKeeper buoys will be retrofitted with additional sensors and redeployed by FURG along the Brazilian coast as part of the permanent Brazilian Coastal Monitoring System (SiMCosta) to provide metocean and water quality data critical for climate change related issues in coastal zones. The SiMCosta project is designed to plan, acquire and develop the equipment and knowledge needed to implement a robust monitoring program off the Brazilian coast. SiMCosta aims to install platforms along the 8,000 km Brazilian coastline, to generate a reliable data base on shelf and coastal zone for modeling, forecast and alert purposes.

“AXYS is thrilled to be supporting the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games with our real-time metocean buoy systems,” said Chad MacIsaac, International Accounts Manager at AXYS Technologies. “We are also pleased to be able to help SiMCosta with their objective of improving the capability of predicting the effects of climatic variability and climate change.”

“We hope that a fruitful partnership can be built between SiMCosta/Brazil and AXYS/Canada to provide excellent services to the Olympic Games, but also to develop new ideas for monitoring climate changes in coastal and ocean regions in the near future” says Carlos Garcia, PhD at Núcleo de Oceanografia Física at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande.

About AXYS Technologies
AXYS Technologies (AXYS) is an ISO 9001 registered Canadian company with over 40 years of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of remote environmental monitoring systems worldwide. We apply our knowledge and experience to marine, freshwater, and offshore wind resource assessment systems that measure aquatic, oceanic, and atmospheric parameters specific to clients’ needs. AXYS has built and commissioned more than 500 meteorological and oceanographic systems of various types around the world, in over 50 countries. For further information contact AXYS at: or


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