Published: January 5, 2022
(Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – January 5th, 2022) MetOcean Telematics (MetOcean), is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a five-year contract from the Canadian government to supply the Department of Defence (DND) and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) with its search and rescue (SAR) buoy, the Iridium Self Locating Datum Marker Buoy, iSLDMB.
The MetOcean iSLDMB was developed 25+ years ago and has been providing Coast Guards and Defence agencies around the world with an easy-to-use and reliable buoy system that augments rescue efforts while at sea. The buoy holds numerous advantages for operators; during an active event, the MetOcean iSLDMB allows operators to quickly travel to the event location via aircraft and then deploy the buoys by air in the region of interest. This ability significantly reduces overall search time and as a result it assists in saving lives at sea. The iSLDMB also aids in reducing overall operational costs and adds additional safety and protection for personnel. By deploying several buoys in a suspected event location, it reduces the number of vessels, aircraft, and personnel required to travel to the event location. Each buoy provides vital real-time data at the top 1 meter of the ocean surface. The first 1 meter of the ocean is a critical measurement parameter when accurately detecting a person or asset lost at sea.
The iSLDMB is equipped with an Iridium satellite transceiver, GPS, light-flasher, air, and sea surface temperature sensor. The suite of sensors enables the buoy to provide critical real-time lifesaving data through the Iridium satellite network. The Iridium transceiver also allows operators to communicate via satellite with the buoys during an active event. Bi-directional over-the-air commands can be sent by operators through MetOcean’s secure LiNC data management system. This is a critical ability, if the buoy enters a region of particular interest or if a SAR event is prolonged and there is a need to conserve battery life to prolong buoy operating life.
“We are pleased that DND and the CCG have selected to utilize the MetOcean iSLDMB as part of their Search & Rescue operations. MetOcean has been providing Coast Guards and Defence agencies around the world with buoys for critical operations for over three decades. This is true testament of the steadfastness, quality, and reliability of MetOcean and its products. MetOcean values its partnership with the Canadian government and we look forward to supporting the Canadian government and its personnel for many years to come” – Tony CHEDRAWY, CEO of MetOcean Telematics.
The MetOcean iSLDMB is truly the most reliable, cost effective, buoy when lives are on the line!
MetOcean Telematics corporate headquarters, including the research and development and production facilities, are in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. The company develops and manufactures state-of-the-art data acquisition and end-to-end telematics solutions, with a focus on niche MetOcean solutions and custom Defence and Security products. As a prominent global Iridium Satellite Value-Added Reseller focused on hardware solutions, data services, and support, MetOcean Telematics is a leader in the satellite communications industry. For additional information about MetOcean Telematics or any of its products, please contact [email protected].