Rhode Island Patent of the Month – July 2023

Siren Marine Inc., a pioneering company in the field of marine technology, has developed an innovative system that combines machine type communication (MTC) and marine sensors to provide enhanced monitoring and security for marine vessels.

The system consists of multiple components working seamlessly together. At the heart of the system is the MTC server, which acts as a central hub for data communication. Connected to the server is a computing device that houses a user application, allowing users to interact with and receive information from the system. The marine vessels are equipped with marine electronic devices that connect to wired or wireless marine sensors. These sensors can include GPS position sensors, geo-fence sensors, battery monitoring sensors, engine metrics sensors, bilge sensors, security sensors, shore power sensors, temperature sensors, and more.

The marine electronic devices are responsible for gathering data from the sensors and transmitting it to the MTC server. This data includes vital metrics such as rotations per minute, temperature, pressure, fuel consumption, alert summaries, fuel levels, water levels, bilge levels, bilge pump activity, battery levels, vessel security, and vessel location. The server then analyzes this data and compares it to user-defined parameters.

The user application residing on the computing device provides users with a comprehensive view of the marine sensor information. Users can monitor the status of their vessels, receive notifications, and set various parameters such as geo-fencing and security settings. For example, users can define specific geographic boundaries for their vessels and receive alerts if the vessel enters or leaves those areas. In addition, the system can track the vessel’s location and send an alert if the anchor drags, ensuring the safety of the vessel.

The level of customization and control offered by the Siren Marine system means users can tailor the system to their specific needs, enabling them to monitor and protect their vessels with precision. Whether it’s keeping an eye on engine performance, detecting bilge pump irregularities, or ensuring vessel security, the system provides real-time data and alerts to empower users with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions.

The marine electronic devices developed by Siren Marine are equipped with advanced features such as status LEDs, digital inputs, remote battery controls, location technology, analog and digital outputs, temperature sensor inputs, and more. These devices are designed to withstand the harsh marine environment and provide reliable performance.

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