Remote Vessel Monitoring System
By J. D. Neeson, President
One of our customers, BoatSense (TM), has just finished Beta testing on a nifty little remote monitoring device for boat owners. BoatSense (TM) felt existing monitoring systems were overly complex and expensive when all that was really needed was a way to notify owners what was happening on their boats.
The BSS 2.1 is a small completely sealed box (around the size of a pack of cigarettes) that monitors the water level and battery condition, as well as accepting three other inputs from other sensors or systems. Once the BSS 2.1 receives an “event” signal, it sends a text message to the owner’s cell phone. The owner’s cell phone becomes the keypad for the system. It works with any cell phone service provider the owner might use.
Most catastrophic boat failures are related to either low battery or water level. While the basic functionality of this device is probably what will attract most people to it, what really appeals to me are those three additional inputs. They could be wired to an anchor alarm, a security system, a fire monitoring system, or even an engine monitoring system. A rented or borrowed boat could notify its owner if an engine runs at higher RPMs than it should or if it is has an overheating problem or needs oil.
BoatSense (TM) is also testing a system specifically designed for marinas. It will allow them to monitor their customer’s moored boats (even transients can be provided a loaner unit) and send E-mail information to a PC in the office.
BoatSense (TM) offers an elegant and relatively inexpensive method for protecting your boat when you are not there.
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August 7, 2011 / JD Neeson / 0
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