Low-cost Mooring Location Beacon for Coastal Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: 1305M218CNRMW0056
Agency Tracking Number: 18-1-087
Amount: $119,095.67
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.5
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2018-1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-01-16
Small Business Information
200 Turnpike Road, Chelmsford, MA, 01824
DUNS: 796010411
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rafael Mandujano
 Principal Investigator
 (978) 856-4193
Business Contact
 David Model
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (978) 856-4175
Email: dmodel@tritonsystems.com
Research Institution
TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: 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 is capable of detecting 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. OceanORB is designed for coastal applications and has a depth rating of 500 meters.SUMMARY OF ANTICIPATED RESULTS: Demonstrate beacon functionality with open-source components at an attractive price point, including modular communications capability, low power operation, a reliable surfacing detector, and a rugged design.

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