SeaView Systems has delivered their SVS-603 wave sensor for use with data buoys manufactured by NexSens Technology, Inc. and supplied by Fondriest Environmental, Inc. for NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS).

CBIBS, which services and maintains a network of data buoys throughout the Chesapeake Bay, are replacing legacy equipment with buoys that are designed to provide all of the same measurements, but on smaller, more easily deployed hulls.

SeaView’s SVS-603, paired with buoy hulls from NexSens, a combination that is already proven on several buoys in the Great Lakes, turned out to be a good fit.

“Smaller, smarter buoys are being enabled by the SVS-603 which occupies a fraction of the size of other wave sensors and is significantly more efficient, enabling a commensurate reduction of the solar panels needed to power it,” said SeaView’s Dr. Timothy Crandle. “We are excited to be on the forefront of the sea change that is resulting from the growing acceptance of this technology.”

“The NexSens CB-Series line of data buoys was released in 2014 and has become the platform of choice for a growing number of agencies and organizations interested in real-time monitoring,” said Paul Nieberding of Fondriest Environmental. “When paired with the SVS-603 wave sensor, the system delivers real-time wave observation data at a price point that was not commercially available until now.”

The SVS-603 enables a new range of wave sensing applications through its compact footprint, low power consumption and high accuracy MEMS-based design. The sensor can be mounted on a variety of platforms that include a range of buoy hull designs/size and autonomous vehicles (AVs) and comes with sophisticated data analysis tools to make the most of any deployment.