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A Stereo Camera System for Measuring Coastal Currents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-14-CN-0078
Agency Tracking Number: 14-1-070
Amount: $94,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2014-1
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2014-07-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-01-15
Small Business Information
965 Hao Street
Honolulu, HI 96821-
United States
DUNS: 126516942
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 John Porter, Ph.D
 (808) 373-3243
Business Contact
 John Porter, Ph.D
Title: Owner
Phone: (808) 373-3243
Research Institution

Rip currents cause multiple drowning deaths each year as swimmers are often unaware of the location and strength of coastal currents. Currently, ocean safety officials do not have an affordable and reliable commercial system which can measure coastal currents. The goal of this Phase I study is to test a stereo camera system to measure the speed, direction, and location of alongshore currents and rip currents. The proposed stereo camera system will employ cameras mounted on pan-tilt systems for flexible use. As an additional tool, a smart phone application will be tested to measure currents over a limited area. Test measurement will be carried out with different camera configurations and for different beach settings. The creation of the new stereo camera system and the smart phone application will give ocean safety officials and beach goers a way to measure coastal currents before entering the water hopefully preventing dangerous events. Best practices for using the new observations will be studied as part of an expert and general public meeting and recommendation will be documented.

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