Now that home security systems and ‘smart homes’ are becoming more commonplace, it’s becoming more common for boaters to transition those products to their boats as a boat security system. We have learned that a large number of boaters will try to incorporate a home security system on their boat, which is full of challenges around internet connectivity (when was the last time you had good marina WiFi?) and reliability in the marine environment. What a boater misses out on when using a home security system on their boat includes, but not limited to, battery bank monitoring, bilge monitoring, and humidity monitoring. Now, you may say, “Brandon, I could just put a water leak sensor in my boat for bilge monitoring!”, but as we have seen countless times: water leak sensors will produce false alarms in a damp bilge compartment… Boats aren’t as dry as we think. Then you might say, “OK Brandon, but I can surely find a humidity sensor,” well that’s more difficult than it sounds! There are a very limited number of smart home products that provide humidity monitoring, the majority that we found requires you to do some custom programming or integration in order to add them to your smart home system. So, what if we told you that at Barnacle Systems, we have developed a ‘smart home’ solution for your boat that works on 12/24V DC systems to monitor your battery banks and has dedicated inputs to monitor your boat’s bilge pumps. The BRNKL boat security system has the following core components:
- GPS tracking with geofence alerts
- Battery bank monitoring
- Bilge monitoring
- Cabin monitoring (temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure)
- Pitch/heel monitoring
- Impact monitoring
The BRNKL communicates through a built-in global cellular SIM card that has followed boats through 30 countries. Our customers have crossed the Atlantic, cruised the Caribbean, explored South East Asia, rounded the horn, and ventured the Panama Canal.