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New marine alarm signals success for Cornish company

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A revolutionary alarm and monitoring device for boat owners is opening up exciting new markets for a young Redruth-based company and creating new jobs.

main_watchmonitorWatchmonitor in action

Strong interest from the Far East, United States and Europe, as well as all over the UK, is being shown in the Watchmonitor, developed by Microcomms Marine.

 For use on sea and river vessels, it continually measures and reports on the status of critical onboard apparatus through mobile phone text messaging.

In this way, the device can sound the alarm and immediately alert its owner to anything from a rise in bilge water or battery charge level to a move from the boat’s moorings or build-up of flammable gas.

Able to sense the presence of an intruder, Watchmonitor works whether a boat is stationary or moving and can transmit to its owner a boat’s exact location if it has been moved, lost or stolen. Onboard instrumentation data can be viewed in real time and in detail upon return.

Microcomms has been involved in pioneering safety work for the RNLI...

Microcomms, which has also been involved in pioneering safety work for the RNLI, has added to its management team in order to maximize the device’s potential. Rob Flack has been appointed business development manager.

“Watchmonitor is the successor to an earlier pilot version and it is clearly going to lead to a very substantial increase in our turnover,” said managing director Simon Murley.

“We have reached this exciting stage with invaluable help from Cornwall Marine Network, who have supported us with attendance at trade shows, multimedia DVD presentation for exhibitions and the development of our website with e-commerce facility.”

Tim Bowerbank, Cornwall Marine Network marketing manager, commented: “This progressive Cornish company has developed a great product that is well suited to an international marketplace.

“Watchmonitor is a remarkable device that breaks new ground in providing peace of mind for the 21st century boater. It’s another great example of innovation and enterprise that underlines the huge potential of Cornwall’s marine industry.”

Having originally pioneered a range of bilge monitoring devices for the RNLI, Microcomms Marine launched its revolutionary new Watchmonitor® (a GSM enabled alarm and monitoring device) range in late 2003 to much industry acclaim.

Since then, the company has gone from strength to strength and with the introduction of Watchmonitor® 2.0, it is now the largest provider of ‘Boatnet’ based monitoring devices in Europe.

The company is also a leading provider of audio visual (AV) entertainment products to the marine sector. With high profile partners that include Crestron, Kaleidescape, Fujitsu and Kramer, the company is able to meet even the most demanding of requirements and installations.

Find out more about Watchmonitor from Microcomms Marine

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