Barnacle Systems Lands UK Distribution and Worldwide Sales Agent

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UK-based Global Distribution Solutions has added Canadian start-up Barnacle Systems’ BRNKL remote vessel monitoring to its stable of brands for distribution in the UK and will represent them as global sales agent.

Barnacle Systems utilized the Internet of Things smart home standards and partnered with established brands, using low-cost home sensors for its vessel monitoring system. The smart home sensors — already in the homes of millions of users worldwide and refined for maximum reliability and durability — communicate to the BRNKL mobile app and to a vessel’s NMEA 2000 network and digital switching systems.


“We are very excited to assist Barnacle Systems expand its award-winning product line into new markets,” said GDS Ltd. director Jim Deheer in a statement. “Named one of Soundings Trade Only’s Most Innovative Marine Companies, Barnacle Systems uses cutting-edge technology in its BRNKL security and monitoring devices. In coordination with a number of proprietary and third-party sensors — like the Samsung smart home SmartThings suite of products — this technology sets them apart.”

BRNKL monitoring and security system is viewable and controllable on any connected device and can monitor up to four battery banks, shore power and bilge with internal sensors that track temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, pitch, heel and impact.

“We’re looking forward to partnering with GDS Ltd. to offer our products in the United Kingdom and throughout the world,” said Barnacle Systems CEO Brandon Wright. “Their dedication and network of partners are the perfect fit for our business model.”


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