NOAA calls on AXYS Technologies, Inc (AXYS) for the expansion of the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System

March 11, 2008

AXYS has just delivered another ‘Smart’ buoy to NOAA for deployment in the Chesapeake Bay. This expands NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) network to 4 operational buoys. These Smart buoys form the core components of CBIBS as well as support the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.  The first deployment of 3 buoys occurred in April 2007.  The new buoy is expected to be deployed this spring.  CBIBS is operated by the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office in Annapolis, MD.

The new AXYS WatchKeeper buoy provides 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 eventually be integrated into the platform.  A Watchman500™ payload provides 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 is collected by the Watchman500™ and sent to shore using Verizon’s CDMA cellular network.  NOAA has created a customized web site for data display.  K-12 students, teachers, mariners, oceanographers and recreational enthusiasts such as kayakers and boaters 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: “We’re proud that NOAA has called on us again to help expand the CBIBS network. This is a model network that is providing great value to program stakeholders and the local community.  We’ll continue to work closely with NOAA to ensure their program requirements are met or exceeded.”

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 www.buoybay.org  

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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.