A-WaMS is a three year project following the joint award of €1.1M from Project 2040’s Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund. The project brings together two leading organisations in coastal and freshwater monitoring, TechWorks Marine and the DCU Water Institute.
TechWorks Marine is a provider of oceanographic equipment and world-class solutions to monitor the marine environment, working in the private and public sectors both in Ireland and overseas. TechWorks Marine specialise in the provision of integrated real-time monitoring platforms based around our range of TechWorks Marine Black Box (TMBB) data acquisition and transmission systems. This fully customizable system has proven it’s reliability time and time again on deployments for clients in Europe and Scandanavia.
TechWorks Marine lead the project as the commercial partners and lead the stakeholder engagement and commercialisation aspects of the system. Additionally, TechWorks are responsible development of the data analytics system, testing and deployment of sensors on proprietary infrastructure and integration of all data into the software platform. The company, based in Dun Laoghaire, will integrate the sensors developed by the DCU Water Institute with its operational data analytics platform, CoastEye. TechWorks Marine have almost 20 years of experience in the provision of oceanographic equipment and world-class solutions to monitor the marine environment, in the private and public sectors both in Ireland and overseas.
The DCU Water Institute
The DCU’s Water Institute develop and deploy novel sensor technology for water applications, both freshwater and marine under the supervision of Prof. Fiona Regan. In this project, the DCU team will take the first generation of an instrument, the Optical Colourimetric Sensor (OCS), which was previously developed for monitoring in the marine environment and advance this sensor development to capture the key water quality tests which are essential in monitoring change and producing models and prediction trends. Following this, the aim is to integrate sensors with TWM’s data analytics system to provide valuable coastal data for a range of decision support applications.
In line with the objective of the project to provide an advanced environmental decision support system to address issues such as coastal pollution and flooding, DCU will develop the next generation of the optical colorimetric sensor. The DCU tasks for this project will involve the redesign and development of the low-cost sensor and full validation of the system to provide useful information for the end-user. DCU will develop a second generation optical colorimetric sensor using state of the art manufacturing capability, novel optical setup, and materials suitable for the marine environment.