Technologies | Integrated Coastal Observation Network (ICON)

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Contact Details

The Director,
CSIR - National Institute of Oceanography (NIO),
Dona Paula, Goa, INDIA - 403004
Tel: +91 832-2450200, Fax: +91 832-2450602,
Email: director@nio.org, www.nio.org

IPR Status Patent / Copyright / Trademark Secured in India / Abroad IPR Details
Patent not yet filed
Application / Uses

Measurement and collection of sea level, sea-state and surface meteorological data for research and engineering applications. Ideal during natural disasters such as storm, storm-surge, and tsunamis.

Salient Technical Features including Competing Features

Cellular based Internet-accessible near real-time reporting sea-level, sea-state, and surface meteorological stations at several locations on the Indian coasts & Islands

Level/Scale of Development
The ICON is fully developed and operational at select coastal and island locations of India Please visit http://inet.nio.org for near real-time display of data.
Environmental Considerations
Eco-friendly technology
Status of Commercialization
Exploring commercialization possibilities with the help of CSIR-Tech Pvt. Ltd.
Major Raw Materials to be Utilized
Needs sensors for sea-level and surface meteorological parameters
Major Plant Equipment and Machinery Required
Fabrication of PCB's (electronic data logger and other cards); mechanical housing and mounting accessories. Can be outsourced to nearby workshops.
Economically feasible
Technology Package
  • Data logger and electronic cards
  • Mechanical housings and mounting units
  • Software for data acquisition and online near-real time display on internet.


Typical installation of subsurface pressure sensor based sea level gauge


Typical installation of downward-looking OTT aerial microwave radar sensor based sea-level gauges incorporated in the NIO's ICON network


Typical installation of AWS in NIO's ICON network


Schematic diagram of data acquisition system


Schematic Network of distributed real time reporting sea level, sea state and MET stations

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