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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-18-CN-0072
Agency Tracking Number: 17-2-071
Amount: $399,981.17
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.6
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2017-2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-28
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
 Sr. Analyst II
 (858) 794-3521
Business Contact
 Seth Blackwell
Title: Diretor of Contracts
Phone: (703) 326-2907
Research Institution

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: During Phase I, Metron designed and implemented an efficient, scalable, end-to-end prototype system for collecting, storing, and viewing mariner weather observations: the Mariner Report App (MARApp). The MARApp Client is a mobile application that transforms smartphones and tablets at sea into forward geospatial/environmental sensors. It can take weather measurements from sensors built into a mobile device, external sensors connected via Bluetooth, or manual input by the user. The Client transmits time-stamped, geo-located weather reports in real time to the cloud-based MARApp Server, which stores the reports and provides an interface to view and export aggregated weather data from a browser on any web-enabled device. In Phase II, Metron will make significant additions and enhancements to the MARApp prototype to:
- Support the iOS operating system;
- Integrate with multiple external weather data sources via Bluetooth;
- Provide enhanced reporting, alerts, filtering, and visualization capabilities;
- Implement industry-standard security; and
- Integrate with social media.
In addition, Metron will develop and begin executing a comprehensive commercialization plan for continued enhancement and sustainment of MARApp in the years to come.SUMMARY OF ANTICIPATED RESULTS: At the end of Phase II, Metron will deliver a robust, intuitive, and secure end-to-end capability for marine weather reporting, data aggregation and fusion, customized alerts, and environmental model validation that will greatly improve mariner safety in coastal and inland water areas. Metron will release a fully functional version of MARApp to the maritime community for everyday use, accessible via a dedicated website and the Android and Apple App Stores.

* Information listed above is at the time of submission. *

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