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The Spotter is an integrated solution for collecting ocean data. The Spotter platform consists of a globally-connected Spotter Device (“Spotter”) and the online Spotter Dashboard & API. The Dashboard provides access to real-time Spotter data, system status and alerts, data visualization, and allows you to configure your Spotter remotely.

We included a copy of the Spotter user guide with the Spotter. Please click the links below for additional information regarding your brand new Spotter!

Spotter User Guide

Spotter Specifications

Spotter Pre-deployment Procedure (Video)

Spotter Data: Subscription, Renewals, & Pricing

Spotter Data: Modes

Spotter Data: Access

Spotter FAQs

Spotter Data Guide

Dashboard Instructions

This video provides instructions on how to get started with the Spotter dashboard.

Spotter Dashboard Instructions (Video)

Spotter Dashboard File Download CSV Guide

Spotter API

For detailed documentation on available API endpoints and how to format requests, check out the Spotter & Smart Mooring API Specification website.

Onboard SD Card Data

Spotter SD Card Data Guide

Parsing Script

If you are interested in analyzing your SD card data, we recommend downloading the latest parsing script to assist you. The script will help associate your data with a human-readable timestamp as well as translate spectral data into bulk parameters.

SD Card Data Parsing Script Details

Spotter Wave Parameters

Spotter measures time series of the three-dimensional wave motions, and calculates estimates of wave spectra and directional moments. The spectra and directional moments can be transmitted to the Dashboard for real-time access (Waves:Spectrum mode). To reduce data transmission size (and thus costs), Spotter also calculates wave bulk statistical parameters, such as significant wave height, peak and mean periods, and directional parameters, which can be transmitted instead (Waves:Standard mode). The complete recorded motion time series and the bulk statistical parameters are stored on the onboard SD card for custom post-processing by the user. All on-board calculations and parameter definitions follow standard oceanographic practice (see e.g. Kuik et al. 1988, J. Phys. Ocean.) The specific definitions of parameters calculated by Spotter are given here:

Spotter Technical Reference Manual (i.e. Wave spectrum, Bulk Wave Parameters, Partitioned Data)

Spotter Mooring Guidelines

Spotter is designed to be used either free-drifting or anchored to the seafloor. If you are planning to anchor Spotter to the seafloor, you need to design and build a mooring. To help you with that we’ve pulled together some guidelines on how you can build a lightweight and low-cost mooring solution.

Spotter Moorings Guidelines

Spotter Firmware Updates

Whenever a newer firmware version is available for your Spotter, you will be notified on the Dashboard.

Spotter Firmware Updates

Smart Mooring

Easily integrate Temperature and Pressure sensors with Spotter as a hub for power and connectivity. No configurations needed: just connect and access your Smart Mooring data right away from our API and dashboard.

With Smart Mooring, anyone from a citizen scientist to a natural resource manager can equip Spotter with any combination of sensors in the water column for immediate access to that data.

Smart Mooring Specification Sheet - Temperature Sensor

Smart Mooring Specification Sheet - Pressure Sensor

Smart Mooring Design

Mooring Design and Best Practices for Smart Mooring

Sensors and Payloads

Accessing and Interpreting Smart Mooring Data

Bottom Mounted Payloads and Sensors


Isolating and Checking Smart Mooring Sensor Modules

Maintenance and Repair

Servicing and Assembling Nodes


Side (Casket) Mount Assembly for RBRCoda3 Sensors

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