SierraLogo_R_horiz
top

Wireless Boat Monitoring Gives Owners Peace-of-Mind

Quick Facts

Company

Barnacle Systems Inc.
www.brnkl.io

Customer Profile

Founded in 2017, Barnacle Systems Inc. is an award-winning manufacturer of boat security and monitoring products. Headquartered in Victoria BC, the company’s products protect recreational, military and industrial vessels around the world.

Objectives

Barnacle Systems wanted to develop a solution that would give boat owners peace of mind whether they were at the dock, at home, or half-way around the world. They wanted to know if someone had stepped onboard their vessel or if any of the critical systems required attention.

Results

Barnacle Systems has developed a product line, BRNKL, that integrates global cellular connectivity and a cloud service to provide customers with information about their boat at their fingertips. The solution has been deployed in over thirty countries and the company has been named one of the top ten most innovative companies in the marine industry.

Sierra Wireless Products & Services
  • WP8548,
  • Enhanced Carrier Connectivity,
  • mangOH Red

Background

Founded in 2017, Barnacle Systems Inc. is an award-winning manufacturer of boat security and monitoring products. Headquartered in Victoria BC, the company’s products protect recreational, military and industrial vessels around the world. 

Challenge

In 2017, Brandon Wright’s 27 foot sailboat broke its moorage and floated to shore in the middle of a winter night. With help from his father, the two were able to secure the vessel safely, but it could easily have been destroyed. Following the episode, Brandon went in search of a solution that would alert him in the event that the boat broke moorage again. He imagined a hardware solution that would allow him to define a “geofence” and be alerted if the vessel moved outside that area. 

His search didn’t expose a viable solution, so with a deep understanding of IoT and remote surveillance, Barnacle Systems was born. 

The team wanted to build a product that would give boat-owners piece-of-mind – no need to wonder if a vessel had moved, been boarded, or was being damaged on a dock. They went further though, giving owners knowledge of onboard systems critical to operations. 

The company set out to develop a product that could monitor a boat’s location and movement (e.g. to alert if someone came onboard) as well as sensors to monitor hatch being opened.

mangOH Red made it really simple for us to prototype and test our design which ultimately made the whole development process faster and easier than it would have been otherwise. With Sierra’s connectivity services, our customers can take the product, install it and be assured that they’ll get service wherever they travel.

Darren Beckwith
Director of Engineering, Barnacle Systems

Solution

The Barnacle Systems team met Sierra Wireless at an event and learned about mangOH Red – an open source hardware platform designed for low-power IoT use-cases in a smaller, lower-cost form factor. From idea to prototype to production, mangOH Red provides an industrial-grade, sensor-to-cloud platform for building wireless IoT solutions. With its knowledge of IoT, the team began gathering user requirements and developing prototypes.

The company selected the Sierra Wireless WP8548 embedded module and created a solution that is installed onboard and sends data to the company’s cloud platform. 

Customers can access data via an app and set up geofences and thresholds to be alerted of changes in status. Barnacle Systems also added Sierra Wireless connectivity services to its solution to simplify deployment for its customers. 

“mangOH Red made it really simple for us to prototype and test our design which ultimately made the whole development process faster and easier than it would have been otherwise,” said Darren Beckwith, Director of Engineering, Barnacle Systems. “Once we had the prototype built it was straight-forward to add the module and make the product real. With Sierra’s connectivity services, our customers can take the product, install it and be assured that they’ll get service wherever they travel.” 

Results

Barnacle launched its first product in 2018. The company’s product gives boat owners information about:

  • Location and movement: Customers can mark a vessel’s position, set up a geofence and be alerted if the location changes (e.g. theft, anchor drag).
  • Unauthorized boarding/obstructions: An accelerometer enables an owner to tell if the vessel’s movements are out of the ordinary (for example in the case of unauthorized boarding or banging into an obstruction) as well as pitch and heel.
  • Critical systems: The product can monitor up to 4 battery banks, 1 bilge input, 1 shore power input, 4 digital inputs and control 2 relay outputs. The cabin temperature, barometric pressure and humidity are also monitored
  • Access and egress: Wireless sensors can be set up to monitor opening/closing of windows/hatches
  • Environment: Wireless sensors can be set up to report cabin temperature, barometric pressure and humidity

Besides being notified by the company’s cloud app, the product allows for 2 outputs which could trigger local lights or sirens. The product also includes still cameras which can be set up to capture images following an alert. This capability recently helped law enforcement charge a suspect in the attempted theft of a vessel in Europe.

The company’s products have been deployed on both private and commercial vessels in over 30 countries including around the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans “More and more jurisdictions are requiring boat owners to have a system like ours onboard their vessels,” explained Mr Beckwith. “Theft in some places, especially pronounced during COVID, is forcing owners to seek solutions that can give them assurance when they can’t visit their vessels regularly. People are hunkered down, so having on-board security and monitoring means they can rest easy if they can’t visit the marina.” 

“Sierra Wireless has been a great partner and the team has been really helpful through our development of the product,” explained Mr Beckwith. “As the cellular landscape continues to evolve, we’re now looking at upgrading to a new module for our next generation products.”

Sierra Wireless has been a great partner and the team has been really helpful through our development of the product. As the cellular landscape continues to evolve, we’re now looking at upgrading to a new module for our next generation products.

Darren Beckwith
Director of Engineering, Barnacle Systems

Related Products

Tagged Topics
Fleet Management
Tagged Industries
Other
Client

Barnacle Systems Inc.

Location

NAM

Markets

Fleet Management
Other

Products & Service​

WP Series Module,
Enhanced Carrier Connectivity,
mangOH Red

Contact Us

"*" indicates required fields

By checking this box, you consent to receive commercial electronic messages from Sierra Wireless, Inc. and Sierra Wireless group companies such as newsletters, event invitations, promotional and educational content, product updates, transaction-related emails, and customer service emails, in accordance with our privacy policy. We may be reached by email at connect@sierrawireless.com or by mail: contact us. You may withdraw your consent at any time.
By checking this box, you consent to receive commercial electronic messages from Sierra Wireless, Inc. and Sierra Wireless group of companies such as newsletters, event invitations, promotional and educational content, product updates, transaction-related emails, and customer service emails, in accordance with our privacy policy. We may be reached by email at connect@sierrawireless.com or by mail: contact us. You may withdraw your consent at any time.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden

Subscribe to our IoT Newsletter

"*" indicates required fields

By checking this box, you consent to receive commercial electronic messages from Sierra Wireless, Inc. and Sierra Wireless group companies such as newsletters, event invitations, promotional and educational content, product updates, transaction-related emails, and customer service emails, in accordance with our privacy policy. We may be reached by email at connect@sierrawireless.com or by mail: contact us. You may withdraw your consent at any time.
By checking this box, you consent to receive commercial electronic messages from Sierra Wireless, Inc. and Sierra Wireless group of companies such as newsletters, event invitations, promotional and educational content, product updates, transaction-related emails, and customer service emails, in accordance with our privacy policy. We may be reached by email at connect@sierrawireless.com or by mail: contact us. You may withdraw your consent at any time.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden
Hidden