BoatSecure uses Spark’s LoRaWAN network to monitor boats remotely and alert owners with easy to use smartphone app.

"We launched our service in Auckland in 2018 and are now pushing our service throughout New Zealand to more boat owners. Most recently we’ve been to Lyttelton to introduce the service at Te Ana Marina, operated by the Lyttleton Port Company. Boat owners benefit from knowing that some of the most common issues that cause problems on boats are continuously checked.”

John McDermott, CEO of BoatSecure

BoatSecure is a boat remote monitoring system developed and managed from Auckland, New Zealand. The system provides boat owners peace of
mind that their boat is safe and secure. 

John McDermott, CEO of BoatSecure says, “Alerts are sent to the boat owner’s phone and to a local manager who can then check on the boat.”

Michael Lightfoot, Business Development Manager for Internet of Things at Spark adds, “It’s a great result for Spark to work with BoatSecure. Spark is on the leading edge of deploying many new wireless technologies that enable new applications.  Spark is providing the wireless technology used by BoatSecure and this covers the marina and wider Lyttelton Harbour region. We’re pleased to see our work in the Internet of Things being used for a valuable purpose with BoatSecure and they are achieving success with an application that has worldwide opportunity.”

Dylan Cox, owner of DC Marine explains the value of BoatSecure to boat owners. “Bad things can happen to a boat on a mooring when no one is around. Rotted fish from defrosted freezers ruining cabins, boats sinking when bilge pumps fail and even fires when onboard power systems fail. Lyttelton also receives very strong winds at times that can break mooring lines, especially for boats moored outside the marina. The BoatSecure system provides continuous monitoring so that we can check boats remotely and receive alerts if a problem develops. As well as the boat owners getting the alerts, DC Marine provides a management service so that we can respond before a problem gets out of hand."

 BoatSecure system allows monitoring of the following:

  • Shore power
  • Bilge pump
  • Battery voltage
  • GPS location and anchor drift
  • Signal status for door alarms and other alarm systems
  • With regular status updates to a smart phone app and alerts and a web dashboard

The BoatSecure system makes use of wireless technology known as LoRaWAN to track boats. The service is also cheaper and easier to operate compared to mobile phone cellular technology. Marine locations without cellular coverage can be setup with LoRaWAN with a simple low cost installation.

The BoatSecure system is available at other marinas. They have plans to grow throughout New Zealand. BoatSecure is also in discussion with overseas companies to expand the service globally.