Devices, data, & applications to enable ocean intelligence at scale

Spotter & Smart Mooring

The extensible Smart Buoy delivering real-time ocean surface and subsurface data

Weather API

The best ocean weather forecasts powered by the largest open ocean sensor network

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Wayfinder Ship Routing

Dynamic route optimization fuel and time savings, powered by Sofar weather

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Research & Universities

Research-grade products for scalable ocean data collection with simple sensor configuration capabilities

Maritime Shipping

We own and operate the largest open ocean data sensor network, providing 50% more accurate forecasts for dynamic ship routing

Offshore Energy

Wireless buoy arrays for resource characterization and monitoring to increase Mwh output of your wind, solar, and wave energy assets

Ports & Harbors

Increase shipping traffic safely with tidal predictions, storm surge data, dredging assessments, and predict harbor seiching


Monitor the health of your farm with multiple sensors for water column stratification, sub-surface properties, currents, and water quality

Coastal Engineering

Collect metocean data and run local models for design of structures, operational planning, and environmental impact assessments

The Sofar Ecosystem

The Sofar Ocean real-time ocean intelligence platform is powered by thousands of coastal and open ocean drifter buoys covering the world’s oceans. It provides real-time wave, wind, temperature, currents, in addition to forecast and hindcast data, as well as other types of intelligence.

Ocean IoT

A robust distributed sensor platform with integrated solar power, satellite data connectivity, and modular sensor payload capabilities for the most demanding marine applications.

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Apps and Data

Modern APIs provide access to our global marine weather forecast model which assimilates the sensor data with those of NOAA and ECMWF for applications such as dynamic ship routing.

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Success Stories

Our products are used worldwide by amazing people and organizations to collect data, create ocean awareness, and build ocean industries.

The Marine Meteorological Service of Brazil was able to mobilize and deploy a Spotter buoy within hours of receiving a storm warning affecting Copacabana Beach.

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After a year-long 4,000 mile voyage through the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean, while being exposed to some of the largest waves on the planet, Spotters cross the stormy waters of the Drake Passage.

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The University of Tokyo chose Sofar Spotters to conduct studies at high latitudes to better understand the nature of sea-ice interaction. The Spotter buoys were both resilient and able to provide meaningful data to the team even after spending the winter in the harsh Arctic Ocean.

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Learn how the PTT Exploration and Production company of Thailand uses Spotter + Smart Mooring to help with site characterization and wave energy studies in their effort to preserve Thailand's precious maritime resources.

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