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Environmental Utilities & Renewables

January 7, 2020

OSIL use RockBLOCK to Assist Data Collection for Tidal Energy Opportunities

Working with Bangor University (Wales) on the SEACAMS2 project, Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has provided a network of three telemetered data buoys which are each equipped with a RockBLOCK. The buoys collect and measure oceanographic, meteorological, and water quality data parameters around the coast of North Wales, using the RockBLOCK to transmit that data from remote locations.

The SEACAMS2 project is a collaboration between Bangor University and Swansea University. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the aim of the project is to support research and applications for renewable energy, climate change resilience, and resource efficiency.

In a continued effort to find sustainable, renewable energy opportunities, the purpose of the buoys in the SEACAMS2 project is to measure the possibility of using the ‘dramatic, tempestuous, and extremely complex environments’ the area is synonymous with for energy purposes, while ensuring it’s done safely and efficiently.

Each buoy has a dual telemetry system to relay their absorbed data from its data logger to control for analysis. If the buoy is in GSM range then the GPRS modem is used, whilst the RockBLOCK Iridium modem is triggered for short burst data (SBD) transmissions when out of GSM range.

Rock Seven (now trading as Ground Control) CEO, Nick Farrell said: “We’re pleased OSIL has chosen to use the RockBLOCK as the satellite communications element for its SEACAMS2 project buoys, ensuring continuity and reliability of its data transmission. The SEACAMS2 project is of great importance in the pursuit of clean energy and making sure the data is complete is invaluable. The RockBLOCK is a versatile and dependable way of sending and receiving data from remote locations, and can be used in conjunction with GPRS or in isolation. Because it uses the Iridium satellite network, it guarantees truly global coverage, even at the Poles.”


OSIL Project Manager, Rob Luthwaite said: “We enjoy working with Ground Control as they offer great, sensibly priced, products with excellent after-sales support and an easy-to-use online shopfront.”

View the monitoring real-time hydrodynamic changes from coastal platforms article on the OSIL website for further information on this story.

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