Yacht Remote Access Wireless Monitor and Control Development

I will post some regular entries here charting my progress on this project. I am doing so to contribute to the community but to also gain feedback and ideas from you all. I will start off with a brief intro on myself and the project. I am also using Chris' book as a primer - I just received it. :) Likewise I am looking at the Quantum Framework by Miro Samek. What do you think of that?

I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I have been coding and managing coders since 1985. These days I am a mobile device developer and now have branched in to embedded development. I developed Mapion Local Search (for GeoVector and Mapion) using Brew/Embedded C++ for example. This product is now operational in Tokyo.

My interests are kayaking and music. I buy much of my music on iTunes as well as from Amazon. I also trade music on TradeMe. See http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=415886. I have a sea kayak (an Eco Bezhig) and at present am sitting a bunch of courses to become a Kayak Leader. My VHF call sign and boat name is ZMT-2303, Mud Lark. There is a story behind that name which I might share with you one day. :)

As far as the project goes we are developing a product targetted initially at Yachts. It will be installed on a yacht and will work with a range of wireless sensors and actuators. It will store data received from these sensors on the embedded computer using a round robin database. The yacht owner will also have remote mobile and computer access via Web and SMS interfaces. An internet gateway will maintain socket connections to these embedded computers enabling browsing to web pages on the embedded computer.

We have just been deciding on what SBC to use. We have selected the Atmel AT91SAM9263EK. Hopefully that is a good choice. Any feedback on that??

I am loving this project in that I get to work from home so have a lot of freedom. We would like to have some initial installable demonstration ready by the end of the year.

Anyway that is a bit of an intro. There will be more from me soon.


Hi Mark!!! mi name is Laura I live in Mexico and I think you have a very cool project going on!!! I'm also developing a similar product but targetted to drills we're thinking maybe using gprs to access the data from the main control. Was the Atmel AT91SAM9263EK SBC a good choice? We are thinking to use it but maybe you can give some comments on that!!!