MetOcean & FSU Collaborate on STOKES Iridium Drifter

MetOcean Telematics, is pleased to announce the development of the STOKES Iridium tracking drifter. The STOKES drifter was designed and tested in technical partnership with Florida State University (FSU).


The STOKES drifter is a compact drifting buoy that tracks water currents at the surface. The small light-weight buoy is equipped with Iridium satellite telemetry, GPS positioning, and a sea surface temperature sensor. Iridium satellite telemetry enables the buoy to provide vital sensor and geo-positional location data in real-time. Iridium also allows the buoy to have bi-directional capabilities. This is a critical ability, for example, if the buoy enters a region of interest the end-user can communicate with the unit by sending it a command to change reporting intervals or request essential time-sensitive data. The applications for the STOKES are endless due to its overall size, however, the buoy is ideal for purposes ranging from mapping large-scale ocean currents, oil spills monitoring, environmental monitoring, and aiding in search and rescue operations.

“The development partnership with Florida State University was invaluable. A group of true professionals who were committed and key contributors to the overall success of the project.” said Tony Chedrawy, MetOcean Telematics President and CEO. “The STOKES is a complementary addition to our suite of drifters and Iridium based products.”
MetOcean Telematics corporate headquarters, including the research and development and production facilities, are located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. The company develops and manufactures state-of-the-art data acquisition and end-to-end telematics solutions, with a focus on niche MetOcean solutions and custom Defence and Security products. As a prominent global Iridium Satellite Value-Added Reseller focused on hardware solutions, data services, and support, MetOcean Telematics is a leader in the satellite communications industry.

Stokes Iridium Drifter

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