The project

By working on “The Internet of Things” the idea came to me to look into creating an application dedicated to boating and nautical leisure, particularly for the safety of goods and persons at sea.


Knowing today that the majority of boaters are equipped with performing mobile phones, the foundation idea of this project is to offer to boaters an alert and rescue at sea wizard, mainly organized around an accessible Man Over Board procedure (MOB), available at any time for boaters and easy to operate.




Of course LinkyTag is not intended to replace safety equipment on board pleasure crafts based on the navigation category under which they are armed.


Coupled to one or many GPS sensor trackers, this application allows to automate, speed up and follow the activation procedure of this type of alert, by such facilitating the rescue process. Its community network based on seafarers solidarity, it will allow to automatically alert and such in real time all pleasure craft boaters being present close to the incident area. It will also be possible to easily report, to the network members, the hazards they may encounter at sea (UFO or Unidentified Floating Objects, divers, various nets at sea…) as well as incidents and eventual damages.



It is a water-resistant small case provided to each crew, equipped with a GPS chip powered by a coin cell communicating via Bluetooth 4.x (BLE) with the mobile phone with which it is paired. The sensor signals in real time its position related to the mobile allowing an alert when it is too far away or out of the mobile reach therefore, and depending on the set parameters, initiating an emergency alert procedure.



The sensor fits in a pocket, can be hooked by a line or a snaphook, even directly integrated in a technical apparel.


We are looking for partnership with nautical manufacturers to propose this integration and offer the first intelligent equipment!


The sensor will be commercialized in June 2015 at a price of 69€ TTC per unit, per set of 4 sensors (240€ TTC) or per set of 8 sensors (450€ TTC).



At the time of boarding the boat, each user activates the monitoring system on its terminal by launching the application. An icon will appear in the notification bar to inform that the application is active and will indicate the amount of sensors activated on a green background. When the notification is activated, obviously the user may simultaneously use other applications.


The application displays the boat’s GPS position, its speed, its course and the most important a button allowing to trigger a Man Over Board (MOB) procedure manually in the absence of sensor.


A call to rescue services may also be triggered directly from the screen to notify for example a damage or an injury and inform the community of all incidents encountered.

In case of an incident detected on one of the sensors (or in case of manual triggering by pressing the dedicated button): the Man Over Board (MOB) procedure will be immediately engaged.


The application display is forced on the terminal and the notification is modified (sensor’s display in distress on a red background). An audible warning is activated. The alert must be made within the configured settings by pressing on the dedicated button otherwise, based on the selected settings, pre set-up alerts will be launched (call for rescue services, a relative…).


For each sensor in alert, the application will display in red: the coordinates of the Man Over Board (MOB) position, how far away he is, as well as the heading and which one to head to in order to find him back and the difference between those values and the elapsed time.


When the incident is acknowledged, it is still possible to request an automatic call to the rescue services, declare a damage or an injured person with the simple touch of a button.


If the forcing of telephone alerts has not been requested, the calls will be cancelled once the alert is acknowledged.

Each step of each sensor procedure is indicated (Acknowledgment; Y/N, Emergency call; Y/N, Private call; Y/N, Private SMS; Y/N).

The application also allows to view its location and those of the different elements signalled by the application others users on a cartographic page (and obviously a Man Over Board (MOB) position is a procedure has been triggered). Everyone may also report predefined elements (UFO or Unidentified Floating Objects, divers, damages, breakdowns…). In the event of an alert activation all users of the application in the area will get a notice on their telephone and the alert location will be notified on the map as well as all necessary information (GPS location, time, distance, length, boat’s name and registration). Other users may indicate if they are heading to the incident location.



The setting screen allows to set up as much as 8 sensors on a same mobile. Once followed and paired, the sensors turn to green and may be individually configured. The user may set up for each connected sensor; the type of alarms & alerts he wishes to be applied:

·       The sensor’s name and its battery charge indicator

·       The boat’s name and registration

·       Sensor’s maximum distance detection Y/N

·       Rescue services automated calling in case of alert failure Y/N

·       Alert acknowledgement delays (if the delay is equal to 0, calls will be forced)

·       An automated call to a Private correspondent in case of an alert failure Y/N

·       A SMS alert to a Private Number with a possibly customized text including predefined values (Location, time, boat’s name…)

·       Involvement in the community network Y/N

·       Identifier and connection password to the community network

·       Units of measurement

·       Language selection


The application will be available for IOS and Android platforms at my stand during the International Nautical Salon of Paris in December 2014 and so under its autonomous version neither sensor nor social network but a sensor’s prototype will be in display!


Why fund it?

The application will be available for IOS and Android platforms at my stand during the International Nautical Salon of Paris in December 2014 and so under its autonomous version neither sensor nor social network but a sensor’s prototype will be in display!


I need you to complete this promising initiative!

This fundraising will fundamentally finalize the sensor’s design in its release version in June 2015.


This project has engaged numerous coordination and implementation skills:

·  Electronics expertise to elaborate the sensor’s prototype and choose the more reliable options

·  Computer skills to develop the application and the communication with the sensors

·  Nautical knowledge to grasp legislations and mostly the best applicable practices to implement

·  Communication and marketing talents to launch this product in the best conditions possible in order to make a success out of it.


These competences have required, in addition to the system operational phase, important investments not only in terms of time and technical resources but financially as well:

·  Development of the sensor’s prototype; 3K€ (already financed and development ongoing)

·  Sensor’s design; 17K€

·  Software development; 30K€ (already financed and development ongoing)

·  Communication & marketing; 10K€


What if we were exceeding the objective?


A version including a GSM connection allowing the sensor to be autonomous for sliding sports (Windsurf, kite surf, jet-skis…) is being developed. It will then be possible to trigger rescue interventions directly from the sensor.

If the goal for funding is exceeded we can speed up the production process in its autonomous version starting this year!


Pascal Vertanessian

Passionate about the Sea and Yachting, I sailed from very early on. Trained IT Specialist I pursued my carrier in computer and later in the electronics industry. Continuing to monitor technological developments it’s logically I took the information new technologies turn, particularly interested in the “Internet of Things” (IoT). I have been working... See more

FAQ Questions about the project

+ What is a connected object or the “Internet of Things” (IoT)?

Although there isn’t a standard definition for it, we can define the “Internet of Things” (also called IoT if not M2M standing for “Machine to Machine) as an extension from the Internet to objects of our everyday life with which we can interact through Internet systems and mobile wireless devices. Each of these
made intelligent via sensor’s systems.
And if as of today man is the first connected element, tomorrow our society will count 4 to 6 more communicating objects.
One estimate is that by 2020 we will live side by side between 40 and 80 millions connected objects…
It is a market fast-growing and dynamic market set to be worth 16 billion USD by 2016. At the moment the popularity is such that 1 start-up on 2 in the Silicon Valley is linked to the “Internet of Things”, and in France IoT is part of the 34 priority action plans of industrial recovery.
Today all is set for this sector to develop:
• Sensors are sufficiently miniaturized
• The creation potential of Internet addresses is unlimited
• The networks are ready to connect all these elements and make them dialogue.

+ Who benefits from this product?

The yachting skyrocketing rise in europe & especially in France has brought a new users of the sea category, bigger leisure consumers, more or less reassured by and confident with the technical progress made, therefore more audacious but also less aware and prepared for the navigation potential dangers. Regulations needing to be adapted, in addition to the 300 m leisure zone under the responsibility of municipalities, 3 coastal zones have been created: Basic, within 2 nautical miles of the coast, Coastal up to 6 miles offshore and Offshore beyond that.
If efficient warning procedures exist such as VHF, AIS and telephone, as of today warnings automation is still reserved to expensive material that are disproportionate in comparison to the need of the large majority of recreational boaters who navigate within the Coastal zone on modest size vessels, poorly equipped with onboard electronics.
The navigation zone within 6 nautical miles from the coast being mainly covered by GSM operators, we have been working on an accessible, easy-to-use search alert and rescue system based on emerging efficient technologies from “The Internet of Things”(IoT).

LinkyTag is primarily addressed to small crafts navigating near the coast and poorly equipped with on-board electronics.

+ An overview of Yachting in France & Europe ?

In 2013 recreational boating in France represents a fleet of over 1 million units. 75% are motorized pleasure crafts of which 72,5% is small-scale vessels of less than 6 meters.

The estimated number of French recreational boaters is over 4 millions. In 2013 there has been 14 000 new builds’ registration at sea (not included the French overseas departments and territories) and 64 000 second-hand units sold.

It should not be forgotten that France is the 2nd worldwide recreational boat builder and Europe’s 1st. Béneteau-Jeanneau Group being global leader for sailboats construction.

There is about 6 millions small craft in Europe: 3 millions in Northern Europe, 1,5 million on the Atlantic coast and as much in the Mediterranean.

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