More Monitoring on the Mediterranean Sea

June 24, 2011

Sidney, BC Canada

Researchers in the Balearic Islands and beyond will soon gain a better understanding of the environmental conditions in the Western Mediterranean Sea. This is due to a recent contract award to SIDMAR, who represents AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) Marine Systems products in Spain.

The contract award comprises a variety of monitoring equipment, including buoys, ROVs, gliders, as well as service and maintenance efforts. AXYS will supply two 1.8 Metre WatchMate™ data buoys. These new monitoring platforms will be deployed in 40m and 800m of water respectively, and will capture a wide variety of data parameters, including winds, barometric pressure, temperature, waves, currents, conductivity and temperature (CTD), and dissolved oxygen, to name a few. Sub surface sensors will be deployed along a mooring line and will transmit data via acoustic modem up to the WatchMate buoy. The buoys will transmit all collected data each hour via two types of telemetry: GSM for the near shore buoy and Iridium satellite for the offshore buoy. The buoys will be outfitted with secondary telemetry devices and all data will be logged on board for time series and historical studies.

Data will be received and displayed by researchers at SOCIB, a Coastal Ocean and Observing and Forecasting System located in the Balearic Islands. SOCIB is a multi-platform distributed and integrated system that will provide streams of oceanographic data and modeling services to support operational oceanography in a European and international framework, therefore also contributing to the needs of marine and coastal research in a global change context.

Don Bryan, Manager of Marine Systems at AXYS stated, “This was a tough win against various international and domestic competitors, and showcases both AXYS and SIDMAR’s ability to bring leading edge, cost competitive marine solutions to the marketplace.”

The WatchMate buoys will be delivered and deployed this fall.

SIDMAR are pioneers in Spain in the oceanographic and hydrological field. They have a multidisciplinary and multipurpose team, which can be grouped into: research staff, coastal engineering and coastline hydrology, technical staff with expertise in scientific and professional diving, corrective and preventive maintenance of oceanographic instruments and equipment integration. For further information contact or visit


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