mWaterSafety - Mobile Solution for Safer Water Activities

The mWaterSafety project aims to create a new technological solution based on smartphones and external sensors coupled to vessels, as well as an independent alarm management framework, that allows fishermen communities and water sports sportsmen (e.g. sailing and windsurf) to easily obtain information about their positioning, their routes and increase the level of security on the practice of nautical activities. For the water sports sportsmen, it will also allow them to obtain water sports performance information.
The value proposition associated with the project focuses on the creation of an information system that receives information from several sensors (smartphones and other external sensors) carried by the sailors and boaters during their nautical activities. Using the data collected through these sensors,

different processing and information handling models will be built in order to be able to follow up and monitor routes and positioning, monitor sports performance and detect alarm situations that could require the intervention of rescue teams. On sports performance, is intended to monitor the routes and traveled distances, average speed, the height of a jump, etc., and the sharing of this information with coaches, friends, clubs, communities, etc. At the security level, an alarm management framework will be developed, which will allow the detection of abnormal events that might generate an alert, such as, a boat that is upside down, a boater who is moving away from his boat, etc., and that this framework  can be used by nautical sports organization entities (sailing clubs, yatch clubs) or by fishing communities wishing to ensure the highest levels security for their members.

Technologies at safety service

• Android Smartphones : communication, location and data processing
• External sensors attached to vessels
• Real time sensor data (Bluetooth Low Energy)
•Integrated analysis fo community alert situations
• Independent alarm management framework
• Interfaces – mobile, services and web – dedicated to rescue teams


Simplicity in usage


• Community setup and configuration
• Vessels positioning and routes
• Sport performance, comparison and sharing / social networking
• Panic button
• Energy efficiency
• Monitoring, analysis and warning systems automation

Every community is different

Fleet management and their features
• Safety areas and safety schedules management
• Community configuration
• Users and information security
Scaling, availability and skills
Monitoring and sensitivity parameters (algorithms)
• Emergency situation rules (recognition, closing, ...)


Information in support of security


• Crew / vessel deviation
Inactivity, drift and irregular patterns
• Weather conditions integration
Dipping and turning
Schedules and security areas
Noncompliance with established time

Sailing community

Optimist (1 sailor) and 420 (prow and rudder)
Fleet / coach relationship
Information positioning to the coach
Maturity of different sailors
Tracks and regatta

Windsurf community


• Portuguese coast coverage tests
Challenges with the type of sensor and agility needs
• Specific performance data
Algorithms and safety adjusted rules
• Solo navigation

Network operator integration : fault tolerance

• User's location information
• Smartphone status
Uncertainty of network coverage area
Last data available
• M2M plafond (Machine To Machine)