Mariner Report Application (MARApp): Crowdsourcing Maritime Weather Conditions

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
Awards Year: 2017
Solicitation Year: 2017
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.6
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2017-1
Small Business Information
1818 Library Street, Suite 600, Reston, VA, 20190
DUNS: 107939233
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
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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