An Integrated Ocean Data System

Spotter is a web-integrated solution for collecting ocean wave and surface current data, designed from the ground up to be easy to use, intuitive, and extremely low cost. The Spotter Device is a compact, solar-powered, surface-follower, which measures surface waves and currents. Through our online Dashboard you can remotely configure your Spotters, access your data in real time, visualize wave data and position tracks. Your Spotter is already connected, so all you do is turn it on and focus on collecting the data you need.
An Integrated Ocean Data System

Exceptional Data Quality

The Spotter platform builds on years of experimentation with low-cost sensors in ocean wave research by the Spoondrift team. We are passionate about wave analysis and data quality. We dedicated a lot of time and resources to carefully test and validate the motion sensors and data acquisition system. We care about this, and we think it shows. Want to know more? Click here for more detailed information.
Exceptional Data Quality

Stay Connected 24/7

The Spotter Dashboard, our free online interface, provides online access to real-time data and alerts from all your Spotters. It allows you to remotely configure your Spotters so you can adjust settings on the fly. The Dashboard provides easy access and visualization of your data and with our API you can seamlessly integrate Spotter data in your own applications.
Stay Connected 24/7

Live Tracking and Geofence

Real-time Spotter position updates are available through the Dashboard. That way you can track your Spotter, map and estimate surface currents, or anticipate a retrieval strategy. Ocean deployments are always risky with expensive equipment exposed to the harsh marine environment. Our integrated geofencing feature helps you by sending an alert to your email or phone when your Spotter has become detached from its mooring. That way you always know what’s going on.
Live Tracking and Geofence

Get Notified when it Matters

If you are interested in specific wave and weather conditions, the Spotter Dashboard will send you an alert when these conditions occur. You can set your own personal settings on the Spotter Dashboard and indicate how you would like to be alerted.
Get Notified when it Matters

The Spotter Device

The Spotter device is the result of extensive research and experimentation with low-cost sensing strategies for ocean waves. By integrating GPS, satellite communication, and solar technology, Spotter overcomes battery storage limitations and can operate anywhere in the world. Designed for usability, Spotter is compact and lightweight so you can carry it and deploy it from any size vessel. Spotter is activated with a touch of a magnet, and dedicated user LEDs let you know when the system is ready to deploy. Ocean deployments have enough challenges already. We want to make this part as easy as possible.

The Spotter Device
  • POWER

    Spotter is fully powered by the sun. It stores excess energy during the day to run through the night and periods of low-light conditions. This means that Spotter is always ready to go. You don’t have to worry about batteries. Ever.
  • MATERIAL

    Spotter is built from marine-grade plastic and durable materials. It is designed and tested to stand up to the harsh marine environment and extreme conditions.
  • SENSORS

    Spotter leverages advances in low-cost sensor technology to collect highly accurate measurements.
  • DATA & CONNECT

    Spotter is out-of-the-box connected through the Iridium satellite network and sends real-time wave statistical data and status updates to the online Dashboard from anywhere in the world. Spotter stores high-resolution displacement and location data on the on-board SD card, which provides enough storage for years of data.