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Countries around the world are spending billions of dollars on the “blue economy” – including monitoring their ocean environment. This is a long and expensive process that requires sourcing equipment and systems from multiple companies and big data management—unless you purchase what you need from Canada.

Canada is a global leader in ocean technologies and is now offering a one-stop-shop for governments, port authorities, companies, research institutions and other groups planning to build their own ocean observatories. Called Smart Ocean Systems, the package features technologies from across Canada that have been tried, tested and integrated into the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada’s world-leading cabled seafloor observatories.

The observatories stream live data from instruments on the ocean floor, in the water column, and on shore to anyone with an Internet connection. A key part of the infrastructure is Oceans 2.0, a powerful data management system combined with high-performance computing that turns a firehose of long-term, continuous scientific data from the observatories into ocean analytics that help researchers, communities, industry and policymakers here, and around the world, make evidence-based decisions.

In Canada, for example, the system provides valuable data to improve public and marine safety and environmental monitoring, including early alerts of offshore earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis and their impact on coastal communities.

ONC’s Smart Ocean SystemsTM suite of products and services includes remote sensor systems for measuring temperature, current, CO2 levels, seismometer readings, and more; observatory infrastructure, including fibre optic cable, servers and storage; digital infrastructure and data management system; and data analytics and modeling.

ONC collaborates with 30 industry partners, as well as research institutes in several countries, including Germany, Brazil, China, UK, Spain, Turkey, Korea, and Italy.

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