Recently, the maritime industry has been turning more and more to new technologies, connected solutions, and sustainability. To correspond with the global trends in the development of the maritime industry, and keep a leading place on the market, Seares was searching for a technology company that could help them to evolve their products by adding new and innovative IoT features.
The mechatronics generation of Seares products has as its goal to provide a definite solution to many technical problems of the traditional mooring systems. Things such as noisiness, the resonance of oscillations, fast mechanical deterioration, zero onboard battery charging, and the need for remote IoT communication.
The Zerynth team helped Seares release Seadamp Plus, an IoT-enabled anchoring mechatronic damper for floating docks/breakwaters. It is built using the Zerynth IoT module (ZM1) connected directly to the cloud through the Zerynth Device Manager. Seadamp Plus is easy to install on existing marine boats without invasive interventions or component replacement. The larger version, Seadamp FX, can be installed inside marine ports to damp bridges and breakwaters and collect the energy in their electric lines.
The system is capable of producing energy from wave induced motion and provides real-time information via GSM. The Seadamp Plus includes 12 or 24VDC generators with neodymium magnets, a robust gear train, and a smart controller that keeps batteries continuously charged.
Seares has successfully transformed their product line into IoT by providing customers with a smart solution capable of real-time recording and monitoring marine system.
In only 6 months, Zerynth integrated a technology and made Seares able to monitor all the real-time operating parameters remotely, such as the voltage on the batteries, frequency of the motors, the total amount of energy recovered or the rotation. Zerynth Dashboard transforms all obtained data into the dashboards and generates customized reports.
Moreover, a new generation of Seadamp Plus keeps batteries charged, through a smart energy harvesting system, working whenever the boat is anchored or moored, without having to use highly polluting external energy sources (electric charging stations, etc.). All products are made with materials that have a low impact on the environment.