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OpenORB Low-Cost Mooring Location Beacon for Costal Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: 1305M219CNRMW0025
Agency Tracking Number: 18-2-087
Amount: $399,744.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.5
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-06-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2022-06-23
Small Business Information
200 Turnpike Road
Chelmsford, MA 01824
United States
DUNS: 796010411
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 Robert Watson
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 250-4200
Business Contact
 Collette Jolliffe
Title: Contracts Director
Phone: (978) 250-4200
Research Institution

Triton Systems, Inc. proposes development of the Open-Source Oceanographic Asset Recovery Beacon (OpenORB) that will allow the deployment of coastal instrumentation moorings with affordable protection against loss. This open-source kit would significantly reduce the purchase price of a commercial location beacon by allowing the end-user to assemble a customized system with minimal time and effort. Attached to a subsurface mooring, OpenORB can detect a surfacing event and transmitting cellular or satellite signals based on network availability. Upon surfacing, the beacon activates and sends several transmissions per day for a period of 2 months to aid in the recovery of displaced moorings. While submerged, the beacon has a standby period of 8 months. The device is powered by user-replaceable AA batteries and can operate in all water environments, from temperatures of -10 to 60 degrees Celsius. OpenORB is designed for coastal applications and has a depth rating of 500 meters. Additionally, OpenORB contains a local communications capability which can be used at a range of up to 10km for real-time communication of asset location during search and recovery.

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