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BoatSecure and IoT Ventures give peace of mind to boaties using AWS

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Clever tech has found its way to sea, alerting Kiwi boaties and fleet managers to problems with their boats before they sink, lose power or come off their moorings.

Boat Secure is a mobile monitoring system which offers a cost-effective way to monitor the safety and security of boats, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world.

The system uses long range, Internet of Things technology (IoT) to give boat owners information from sensors connected to their boat’s electrical system. The sensors constantly check that batteries are charged and at the right voltage, the bilge pump is operating normally, and the boat has not strayed via GPS-tracking. Small amounts of data, from these sensors, can now be transmitted over large distances via the Spark LoRaWan network.

Using Amazon Web Services (AWS), the data is ingested, stored and analysed on IoT Ventures software framework. If the analysis, which occurs at large scale, identifies any issues, or something unintentional occurs, the owner or designated responder is sent an immediate alert via the Boat Secure smartphone app.

Matt Hector-Taylor, Co-founder and Director of New Zealand company IoT Ventures, developed the BoatSecure solution with entrepreneur and BoatSecure business owner John McDermott.

"There are 600,000 water craft in New Zealand, including 10,000 in Auckland moored in marinas and estuaries. That’s a lot of potentially worried boat owners, harbour masters and insurers," said Hector-Taylor. "With the potential size of the problem we’re trying to solve, we chose to build our business on AWS because it gave us confidence we could scale the service as our business scales."

"Boating is one of New Zealand’s most iconic industries. To see BoatSecure and IoT Ventures innovating for their customers by using AWS is further evidence of the positive impact the cloud is having on supporting the New Zealand economy," said Tim Dacombe-Bird, New Zealand Country Manager for AWS. "AWS is working with our customers to not only retire their technical debt but to enable innovations to come to life through the democratisation of technology, once only available to large multi-national organisations, and this initiative by BoatSecure and IoT Ventures is a great local New Zealand example of that innovation."

BoatSecure has been used by Beacon Marine Electronics since August 2017. It is commercially available in New Zealand now and will be launched in Australia and North America in the next 3-4 months.

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