AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) announced that four WatchKeeper metocean buoys were selected by the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) to be used by the Autoridade Publica Olimpica (APO) in support of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The WatchKeeper buoys will be deployed in July of 2015 to provide real-time metocean data for some regional games as a trial before the Olympic Games in 2016.
The buoys will be deployed at Copacabana beach and Guanabara Bay to provide wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, solar radiation, directional waves, current speed and direction, water temperature and salinity data for forecast improvements and real time data specific to sports such as, beach volleyball, sailing, triathlon, cycling and marathon swimming. AXYS Field Technicians will travel to Brazil to commission and deploy the buoys, as well as train local service workers on their continued operation and maintenance.
Once the Olympic Games are complete the WatchKeeper buoys will be retrofitted with additional sensors and redeployed by FURG along the Brazilian coast as part of the permanent Brazilian Coastal Monitoring System (SiMCosta) to provide metocean and water quality data critical for climate change related issues in coastal zones. The SiMCosta project is designed to plan, acquire and develop the equipment and knowledge needed to implement a robust monitoring program off the Brazilian coast. SiMCosta aims to install platforms along the 8,000 km Brazilian coastline, to generate a reliable data base on shelf and coastal zone for modeling, forecast and alert purposes.