The netH2O platform will include buoys, drones and a web+mobile infrastructure to collect and redistribute data. The first member of the family is the revolutionary “Personal Smart Buoy” (or PSB for brevity). This is a small interconnected IoT and Edge Computing device capable of collecting environmental data from a water body and of uploading it to the cloud. Currently we are in the pilot phase for the validation of "version 1", which need to be built one at a time, but we presented a research project to engineer a "version 2" good for small series production. We'll know soon if our proposal has been accepted.
The PSB netH2O can be used in single (or small number) of units by individual users, or can be used in swarms by professional users.
Elements Works has experience in large, professional buoys and the PSB netH2O is a miniaturized version of them.
The buoy comes standard with a battery pack, and optionally with wireless charging pack, wet connectors, solar panels.
The PSB netH2O is the center for a whole suite of extensions, variations and integrations, called “application packs”. A short list of possible packs is: battery chargers (from the sun or other renewable sources), additional sensors (for GPS position, water transparency, pressure, sound levels, illumination levels, water salinity, water acidity, currents etc. etc.), satellite or underwater communications. Many more will become available and Elements Works will listen to users to discover them.
We recently signed an agreement with SCUOLA SUPERIORE SANT’ANNA, UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA, AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS, M.P, CONSORCIO CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIÓN BIOMÉDICA EN RED, M.P. for the exclusive licence on a revolutionary water sensing technology, which we plan to integrate in the netH2O platform.
Basic recreational applications of the Personal Smart Buoy netH2O:
Open water swimmers can monitor conditions in a location where they will swim, or monitor an area where they are swimming (using a smartwatch to catch cloud data)
Beach waterpolo players (and the public) can monitor live conditions during a game
Beach goers (both at sea or in a lake, or even a river) can interrogate one with their mobile phone, to monitor sea conditions before going for a swim (or before deciding to move from town to go to the beach). This service can be offered by their beach resort of choice.
Hobbyist fishermen can monitor temperature and waves in a lake or stretch of sea, to identify the right time to go and fish.
Kayak or Sailboat users can monitor conditions on a path where they want to go, or one they are already in
Standup or traditional surfers can use one to decide if conditions are good at a given site. They can also receive live data on their smartwatch while surfing.
Divers can monitor conditions at a diving spot, or a diving center can do it for its clients
Basic professional applications of the Personal Smart Buoy:
A marina or a harbour can monitor wave motion and currents in several areas to decide when it is time to go and reinforce moorings
An aquaculture site can monitor temperature and waves for the right time to go out and feed the fish, or to lower the cages
A water basin operator can monitor conditions in the basin to decide whether to authorise or not certain activities
A marine energy site can map energy levels throughout the area to model precisely machine dynamics and to do nowcasting.
A marine preserve can use an array of buoys to monitor transits and moorings or to extract ecological data.
We are proceeding with several pilot installations, starting from the Tuscan Archipelago.