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EVX1100 Satellite Tag Tests Successfully for Tracking Oil Spills Under Arctic Ice

Evigia’s EVX1100 satellite asset tracking tag and cloud gateway has been successfully tested within the Arctic Circle in a new system for marking and tracking spilled oil under ice floes.

Development of the system continues by partial support under a contract from the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), through the Oil Spill Response Research (OSRR) Program. The system supports BSEE’s mission to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve offshore resources in all Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Regions.

Evigia Systems has joined in the project with the global engineering firm AECOM, the internationally recognized specialists in software for oil spill modeling, planning, preparedness, and response, in partnership with Midstream Technologies, Inc.

Evigia has helped build the system and support it through its rigorous Arctic testing. The Evigia team has contributed expertise in low-power, energy-efficient, ruggedized sensors and global sensor data communications through the cloud.

The project’s goal is to develop a radio/GPS-driven marking device that can be left on or under an ice floe to mark the location of spilled oil after detection by human observation, an unmanned aerial vehicle, an unmanned underwater vehicle, or a remotely operated vehicle. The system then tracks the movement of the floe and the entrapped oil for a period of up to nine months.

Adaptive power management algorithms work with the interfaced EVX1100 sensors to automatically remain dormant, when needed, to conserve power. This adaptive system-level approach, along with the innovative ruggedized sensor material, packaging, and coating, mitigates the adverse effects of snow buildup and ice formation on the system’s wireless links.

To learn more about Evigia’s role in developing the new system for marking and tracking spoiled oil under ice floes, please contact Michael Young at +1-734-302-1140 or mjyoung@evigia.com.