Nortek Installs Autonomous Online System at Outward Bound Facility in Boston Harbor

Nortek and Thompson Island Outward Bound collaborate in mounting an online Nortek Aquadopp Profiler and a Vaisala meteorological sensor on Thompson Island’s pier in Boston Harbor for real-time data for the public.

NortekUSA has provided an online current and meteorological monitoring station for the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center located on historic Thompson Island in Boston Harbor. The Education Center is a not-for-profit organization that provides outdoor adventure and experiential learning programs for young people from diverse economic backgrounds.

NortekUSA has installed and will maintain the station, which will provide real-time data to local boaters, sailors, scientists, students and more.  The system consists of Nortek’s robust current profiler, the Aquadopp Profiler, a Nortek Autonomous Online System (AOS) and a meteorological sensor from Vaisala.  The AOS is a new product from Nortek that works as a low power, real-time module to provide online data and two-way communications to the instrumentation.  The Aquadopp current profiler and meteorological sensor send data to the AOS.  The AOS then packetizes the data and transmits it via Iridium satellite to servers managed by Nortek.


AOS Box Thompson Island AOS Data Thompson Island

Nortek hosts a website were the owners or the public can see the data in graphical and tabular form, export data, pull data for a 3rd party real-time solution and send settings to the instrumentation to update your configuration.

NortekUSA is excited to provide the local community with valuable real-time current and weather data and also to provide students in the Thompson Island Outward Bound program the opportunity to gain familiarity with the instrumentation used in today’s forecasting, modeling and real-time operations.

Arthur N. Pearson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center shared his thoughts with us on the installation.

“This installation will greatly enhance our field science programs for Boston middle schools now that students and teachers can access present and historical weather data right from the island.  And we are also a community with a lot of sailors, sea kayakers and ferry boat operators and everyone is excited to have real time data right on our cell phones.  The combination of weather and current is the complete package for mariners.”

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