Barnacle Systems Earns Pathway to Commercialization for Remote Monitoring Solution
Barnacle is now qualified to sell the BRNKL Rapid Deploy to the Government of Canada directly through ISC’s Pathway to Commercialization initiative.
Victoria BC – Barnacle Systems Inc, the maker of the BRNKL line of remote security and monitoring products, has gained admission into a federal procurement program that enables direct purchases of the BRNKL Rapid Deploy by Canadian government departments.
This comes after completing a successful Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) Testing Stream contract with the Canadian Coast Guard to monitor derelict and abandoned boats with the BRNKL Rapid Deploy. Barnacle is now qualified to sell this innovation to the Government of Canada directly through ISC’s Pathway to Commercialization (PTC) initiative.
The PTC direct-buy framework enables Canadian government departments to quickly access verified technologies and services developed by Canadian SMEs. The goal is to bring innovative ideas to the market quickly, advancing Canada’s position as a global leader in innovation. Under the PTC framework, direct purchases can be made by any government department.
The BRNKL Rapid Deploy is an IoT remote monitoring solution for tracking and receiving alerts from abandoned boats that are at risk of contaminating the environment. It’s a portable and solar-powered device placed onboard a vessel of concern that sends notifications to a smartphone, tablet or computer if the boat begins to drift, take on water, catch fire, or if an intruder gets on board. By alerting users as soon as issues are detected, this system minimizes the risk of oil and fuel spills that can harm the environment.
This innovation has allowed the Canadian Coast Guard to efficiently monitor derelict vessels on all coasts. The existing method of monitoring these boats was to visit them in person and do a visual inspection. The BRNKL Rapid Deploy now provides constant and near real-time monitoring of the vessels using cellular and satellite communications, saving human and financial resources. As well, this innovation was purchased by the Royal Canadian Navy to collect data from small vessels that they converted from internal combustion outboards to electric outboards.
“As a company specializing in remote monitoring solutions and systems for situational awareness, we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to further develop and launch our products. We’ve already begun exploring additional applications for the BRNKL Rapid Deploy, and are eager to see how this technology can make an even larger impact”, says Brandon Wright, CEO of Barnacle Systems.
The BRNKL Rapid Deploy will be listed on a Pathway to Commercialization source list, enabling government departments to browse and purchase the product. To learn more about the BRNKL Rapid Deploy, click here.
About ISED and ISC
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada’s innovation performance, increase Canada’s share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace. Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) is a program with over $100 million dedicated to supporting the scale-up and growth of Canada’s innovators and entrepreneurs by having the federal government act as a first customer. Through the Pathway to Commercialization under ISC’s testing stream, eligible SMEs can receive commercial contracts based on the successful testing and market-readiness of their innovation.
About Barnacle Systems
Barnacle Systems Inc. is an award-winning manufacturer of security and monitoring products for boats. Barnacle has developed products that are protecting recreational, industrial, and military vessels in over 40 countries around the world. Learn more at www.brnkl.io
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The BRNKL Rapid Deploy is a remote monitoring system for tracking and receiving alerts from abandoned boats that threaten coastlines. It’s a portable and solar-powered system that provides notifications over cellular and satellite communications if a hazardous boat becomes a threat to the environment or to maritime navigation.
The system is placed on board a vessel of concern, and sends alerts to the managing group if the boat begins to drag its anchor, begins to sink, catches fire, or if an intruder gets on board. The product features remote monitoring, GPS monitoring with a geofence, and pitch/heel/list monitoring to monitor the state of the vessel in the water.