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Meanwhile the Norwegian Coastal Administration has tested a Smart Buoy offshore with a aim to offer it on the world market:
This buoy makes it safer for you at sea
At first glance, the buoy at Fauskane looks like a traditional sea mark, but it is also equipped with sensors that make it safer for boaters:
When the old buoy at Fauskane, north of Breisundet, had to be replaced in 2018, the Coastal Administration decided to release a new buoy which also records meteorological data. The test period is now in a new phase, and the Coastal Administration is considering using smart buoys in several places along the coast. Thursday morning was the Sunnmørsposten with the Norwegian Coastal Administration on inspection of the buoy.
The technology is being developed locally
Ruben Iversen, senior engineer at the Norwegian Coastal Administration’s center for fairways, lighthouses and brands, has developed together with his colleagues the so-called smart buoy at Fauskane. This work is carried out at the regional office in Nørvevika.
The technology is under development, and the Norwegian Coastal Administration envisages using the same solution in the aquaculture industry for research, fisheries and the like. According to Iversen, the applications are many.
It is possible to install even more measuring instruments, such as detecting algae, plastic, oil and other pollution in the sea, says Iversen.
The price for the buoy ended up at just under a million kroner. Depending on which sensors the buoy has, it is possible to develop both cheaper and more expensive variants. The buoy is attached with a combination of chain, rope and elastic, which makes it “live” with the sea. This leads to more accurate measurements.
The sensors deliver data continuously, enabling boaters to get an accurate weather report before embarking on a voyage. Follow this link to see what the buoy has recorded lately. Useful for both utility vessels and leisure fleet
The buoy makes the warnings more precise. In the big picture, they help the leisure fleet. This location is a popular fishing spot for both fishing boats and recreational boats. With regard to fishing, it is interesting to see how the currents move underwater.
Want audience input
The Norwegian Coastal Administration wants input from the public on other harsh places along the coast, where such a buoy may be appropriate. Iversen encourages recreational boaters to get in touch.
We want to get a better overview of vulnerable places. Good weather and sea data are valuable as it increases the safety of those traveling at sea.
FGrom smp.no Translated by Google Translate
Position of the buoy:
Data that the buoy produce can be seen 24/7 on this link: