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Mariner Report Application (MARApp): Crowdsourcing Maritime Weather Conditions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-17-CN-0085
Agency Tracking Number: 17-1-071
Amount: $119,850.74
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.6
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2017-1
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-14
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-14
Small Business Information
1818 Library Street Suite 600
Reston, VA 20190
United States
DUNS: 107939233
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Colleen  Keller
 (703) 787-8700
 keller@ca.metsci.com
Business Contact
 Colleen  Keller
Phone: (703) 787-8700
Email: keller@ca.metsci.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

Metron proposes a software framework for crowd-sourcing weather observations in a maritime
environment leveraging personal mobile devices. Our proposed App, the Mariner’s Report App
(MARApp), draws data from existing sensors in modern smartphones and tablets, as well as
meteorological sensors normally found on small marine vessels. Our architecture is modular,
extensible, and readily adaptable to new data sources are they become available. The software
is designed to collect the data and send it over the cell network to a web-based repository
where it is available for user queries and for NOAA use in modeling. MARApp uses innovative
methods to incentivize reporting and to “rate” observations. App users can set filters for
notifications of weather changes, and specify geographic areas for displaying data. MARApp
will also send updates to other social media sites such as Twitter to allow non-participating
users to benefit from the additional data. We will base our architecture around our existing
Search and Rescue App SARApp, which has been operational on Android and iOS devices
since 2012. Our proof-of-concept demonstration will generate a prototype App designed for
devices employing the Android OS.

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