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MetOcean Telematics Wins 3rd Place in the 2023 NATO Innovation Challenge with NiKA.

Published: June 23, 2023

[Dartmouth, NS – June 23, 2023] – MetOcean Telematics, a leading provider of innovative maritime solutions, is thrilled to announce its victory as the 3rd place winner in the prestigious 2023 NATO Innovation Challenge. The recognition comes for their ground-breaking NiKA platform, a cutting-edge autonomous maritime surveillance system designed to revolutionize underwater acoustic data collection and transmission.

NiKA is a state-of-the-art autonomous maritime surveillance platform that combines advanced technology with exceptional performance. Equipped with a custom hydrophone assembly, NiKA efficiently gathers precise acoustic data by cycling through the water column. This critical information, along with the platform’s real-time position, is then transmitted using the highly reliable Iridium Certus® 100 mid-band satellite service.

With a remarkable operating depth of up to 1000 meters, NiKA surpasses traditional sonobuoys, fixed arrays, and towed arrays, offering unparalleled versatility and flexibility. Boasting an impressive operational life of over a year, NiKA is the ultimate solution for long-term monitoring, anti-submarine warfare surveillance, and underwater ocean profiling. It provides crucial command and control capabilities for naval operations, enabling real-time acoustic detection and satellite localization of submarines.

Whether deployed for military or commercial purposes, NiKA proves to be a cost-effective and indispensable tool for safeguarding against underwater threats. Its innovative features and advanced capabilities make it a game-changer in both military and civilian domains.

“We are delighted to share the news that NiKA has been honoured as one of the winners of the prestigious NATO Innovation Challenge for 2023. This remarkable achievement reflects the relentless dedication and exceptional teamwork demonstrated by our talented professionals. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the entire team involved in this outstanding accomplishment.

NiKA’s recognition underscores its potential to revolutionize ASW capabilities and its significant contribution to the growth of MetOcean’s Defence Business Unit. We are proud to be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, and this accolade further reinforces our commitment to delivering innovative solutions to our valued customers.” Tony Chedrawy, CEO of MetOcean Telematics.

The NATO Innovation Challenge, established in 2017, serves as a platform for resolving operational challenges efficiently and cost-effectively. Co-organized by the NATO Innovation Hub (Allied Command Transformation) and NATO Nations, the Challenge fosters collaboration between industry, academia, and NATO networks.

MetOcean Telematics is honoured to be among the winners of the NATO Innovation Challenge, which offers visibility and development opportunities for selected solutions. By participating in this challenge, MetOcean Telematics contributes to the creation of a NATO-wide Innovation Network, driving a shared culture of innovation among member nations and inspiring transformation.

MetOcean Telematics, with its corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art production facilities in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, is globally recognized as a leading Iridium Satellite Value-Added Reseller. The company specializes in providing hardware solutions, data services, and support, focusing on niche MetOcean solutions and custom Defense and Security products.

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Geoffrey Creighton

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