Ports and Harbours Monitoring

Application Notes

Application Background                                                                                                                                      Printer Friendly Version

Port administration staff need easy access to local wind and tidal information via the web, as they rely on accurate local tide, current and weather information, to manage its shipping and general port operations safely and efficiently.

Ports and harbours monitoring

Many environmental monitoring operations are good at recording data but aren’t always good at making it easily available. The Neon data-to-web service provides a simple, low-risk option to get the data to the people who need it very quickly. Adding a Neon data to web system enables existing monitoring operations to step up to internet level, making it easy to access directly usable information via the web, with automated reporting and alarming.

port and harbours monitoring

The data can also be viewed while you are mobile, with a smartphone or tablet. This enables pilots and other operators to access wind and tidal information in near real time while working on or around the harbor.

Ships can get advanced warning of any extreme conditions before entering the harbor.


Application Detail

A Neon Remote Terminal or Module can be installed at existing weather and tidal monitoring stations. They work with the existing wind speed, wind direction, sea level, water speed and direction instruments.

For example, one station may be located on a tower out in the harbor, to monitor the conditions near the harbor entrance. Another may be located on a wharf.

For simpler measurements one or more Unidata 6526H Starflow Acoustic Doppler instruments could be installed to measure the speed of the currents. The inbuilt depth sensor could also report he rise and fall of sea level.

Ports and Harbours Monitoring Instruments

For wide channels perhaps located at the harbor entrance an underwater Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) which looks across the shipping channel and measures the speed and direction of water currents as the tides ebb and flow could be installed. This instrument could also measure the rise and fall of sea level.

An ADCP continuously takes fast, accurate measurements of sea level, and water movement in three dimensions, in near real time. These indicate the actual tidal forces acting on a ship and enable crew to ensure that the keel will always have sufficient clearance.

To measure cross-channel water currents, the ADCP transmits beams of sound pulses and calculates current velocities from the received ‘echoes’ reflected from suspended particles.
With a Neon Remote Terminal system out in the harbor, and another Neon Remote Terminal system at the wharf wind and tidal data can be recorded and pushed on a regular interval, perhaps every 5 minutes up to a Neon server for storage and access.
The communications link could be cell phone based or satellite based depending on the cell phone coverage in the area. Also, for critical operations such as this, it is wise to have two different communications paths. Adding a mix of cell phone and satellite telemetry systems spreads the risk of failure.
Authorized personnel with Internet browser can access at this information on the Neon server, in real time, or examine older data, perhaps looking for trends. When set up, alarm messages are automatically sent to notify staff if wind or tide should exceed acceptable programmable limits. Customized reports have been set up and are automatically sent to selected people.

On the Neon server you can easily set up a schedule to automatically send reports to specific parties. All or any of the information can be automatically delivered at any time and frequency, in a variety of formats, such as email.


Typical Configuration

Options for Application Specific Instruments / InputsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Ultrasonic Doppler Instrument - Velocity, Depth and Flow6526J-21Starflow Ultrasonic Doppler Instrument 0-2m
Ultrasonic Doppler Instrument - Velocity, Depth and Flow6526J-51Starflow Ultrasonic Doppler Instrument 0-5m
Ultrasonic Doppler SDI-12 Instrument - Velocity and Depth6527AStarflow QSD Ultrasonic SDI-12 Doppler Instrument
Water Level Instrument6541C-11WLI with 500mm Pulley and Alkaline Battery Metric Version (Imperial version available)
Float6541F-115WLI Float - Cylinder 115mm Dia. (Other options available)
Float Line6541D-MWLI Beaded Float Line Metric (Imperial version available)
Options for Neon Telemetry - NRL / NRT / RTU / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Remote Logger 16 Channels3016AOptions Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Neon Remote Logger 8 Channels3008AOptions Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Neon Remote Logger 4 Channels3004AOptions Available: 3G/4G Cellular
Neon Remote Logger 4 Channels M Series3004A-MOptions Available: 3G/4G Cellular, Ethernet, Microsatellite, Iridium SBD and LoRa
Cellular RTU 3G/4G2013F-AB03 / 2013F-AB04Neon Metering Module 3G/4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Cellular RTU 3G/4G - Industrial2016F-AB03 / 2016F-AB04Neon Remote Terminal 3G/4G with Antenna and Li Battery
Low Earth Orbit Satellite Globalstar2015F-AB0NRT Satellite Globalstar Modem with Antenna and three Li Batteries
Ethernet2017F-0B0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports with three Li Batteries
Equatorial Orbit Satellite - Inmarsat2018F-AB0-1 or 3NRT Ethernet with single or triple Ethernet Ports with three Li Batteries
LCD Display2500ENRT LCD Display
NRT Field Termination Strip2103F2015F,2016F,2017F, and 2018F NRT FTS
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M8M Extended Memory Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-8M-CAM8M Extended Memory & Serial Camera Option
NRT Firmware Option2303A-CAMSerial Camera Option
Options for Neon Application Software - Customer ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2302ANeon Server Software Licence Incl 5 NAL
Neon Application Software2302A-10Additional 10 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-20Additional 20 NRT Access Licences
Neon Application Software2302A-50Additional 50 NRT Access Licences
Options for Neon Application Software - Unidata ServerUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Application Software2301ANeon Data Initial Subscription Setup Fee
Neon Hosting Service2301A-01Neon Data Service Fee for 1-50 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-02Neon Data Service Fee for 51-100 NRTs
Neon Hosting Service2301A-10Neon Data Service Fee Metering
Options for Conventional Dataloggers / Field UnitsUnidata Part NumberDescription
Neon Remote Logger 16 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display3016A-00016 Ch NRL (Superseded Prologger 7001D)
Neon Remote Logger 8 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display3008A-0008 Ch NRL (Superseded Stalogger 6004D)
Neon Remote Logger 4 Analog Channels / Touch Screen Display3004A-0004 Ch NRL (Superseded Micrologger 8010C)
Starlog V4 Management Software6308A-AUEStarlog V4 Full Licence Key