Barnacle Systems Awarded Remote Monitoring Contract from Government of Canada
Victoria, BC – 20 August 2021 – Barnacle Systems, a boat security and monitoring electronics manufacturer, is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a contract with the Government of Canada for the BRNKL Rapid Deploy. The BRNKL Rapid Deploy qualified for funding under Innovative Solutions Canada’s (ISC)Testing Stream (ISC-TS). ISC is a Government of Canada program under Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). Barnacle will deliver BRNKL Rapid Deploy systems to the Canadian Coast Guard – Vessels of Concern team in the Western Region during Q3 and Q4 of 2021. The Canadian Coast Guard and Barnacle plan to conduct multi-month tests of the remote monitoring systems on vessels deemed as hazards to the environment or to navigation at various latitudes across Western Canada.
About the BRNKL Rapid Deploy
The BRNKL Rapid Deploy helps prevent environmental disasters caused by abandoned, derelict, or hazardous vessels by sending alerts automatically if a vessel begins to sink or drag anchor based on its built-in sensors. The system is self-powered and can be transported and deployed by a single individual and remotely monitored from smartphones, tablets, and computers. The BRNKL Rapid Deploy system communicates over cellular or satellite telemetry and is powered by a built-in battery that is charged by a folding solar panel. The Rapid Deploy is a hardware solution that requires a cellular subscription, and an optional satellite subscription.
The BRNKL Rapid Deploy is an improvement on how the Canadian Coast Guard (and international Coast Guards) monitor derelict, abandoned, and hazardous vessels. The current solution involves members of the Coast Guard visiting a vessel in person to do an assessment and requires driving, boating, or flying to the vessel of concern. Some vessels rely on recreational and commercial boaters to provide third-party updates on the status of the vessels. The BRNKL Rapid Deploy provides a technology-based solution that communicates over cellular and Iridium satellite networks and allows an entire fleet of boats to be monitored by the Canadian Coast Guard in near real-time.
About the teams involved
About the Canadian Coast Guard
The Canadian Coast Guard is the lead federal organization responsible for ensuring the safety of mariners in Canadian waters and the protection of Canada’s marine environments. As part of this, the Coast Guard works to help prevent and address wrecked, abandoned, and hazardous vessels in Canadian waters. Its area of operations covers 243,000 km of coastline and 5.3 million square kilometers of ocean and inland waterways.
More information on the Coast Guard’s work regarding wrecked, abandoned, and hazardous vessels are available here.
About Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC)
Innovative Solutions Canada is a government program that supports Canadian innovators by funding R&D and testing prototypes in real-life settings. The program has two streams that help innovators start, grow, and get to market.
About Barnacle Systems
Barnacle Systems Inc. makes the BRNKL product line, award-winning security, and monitoring systems for boats. BRNKL protects recreational, military, and industrial customers around the world. Learn more about BRNKL at www.brnkl.io. Learn more about the BRNKL Rapid Deploy at www.brnkl.io/government-commercial/vessels-of-concern/.
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