Datawell BV is a private company that develops and produces oceanographical measuring instruments. Our best known products are wave buoys and ship motion sensors. Apart from wave height and wave direction, our buoys also monitor sea surface temperature. Sensors for other climatological parameters, such as air temperature, are under development. Datawell products have proven to excellently withstand the harsh marine environment. The low-power sensors and electronics enable long time continuous operation. The Datawell design stands for reliable products with long life expectation.
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- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Monitoring and Testing
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
- $1,000,000 US - $10,000,000 US
Datawell products have proven to excellently withstand the harsh marine environment. The low-power sensors and electronics enable long time continuous operation. The Datawell design stands for reliable products with long life expectation.
Datawell products serve customers all around the world. Harbour authorities, dredging companies, oil companies, surveying companies, universities and other scientific research institutes opt for Datawell quality.
Before the start
Although formally founded in 1961, Datawell has a longer history. Its founders were ir. C.M. Verhagen and some of his co-workers at TNO/TPD (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research). Apart from scientific research, Verhagen's team was engaged in research for outside organisations, triggered by problems requiring analog computational capacity. A vivid example is the Deltar (Delta tide analogon computer), an analog computer comprising over one hundred basic sections, each representing a part of a river-basin, and forecasting water-levels. It was Verhagen's ambition to start a private company.
This required the development of a suitable product, whereas TNO/TPD focussed on research or experimental set-up. Rijkswaterstaat's request for the development of a buoy measuring the wave height opened the possibility of a commercial product. It was realised that - with no reliable wave measuring buoy on sale - the market for such a buoy would be wider than Rijkswaterstaat (the Netherlands Directorate-General of Public Works and Water Management).
The need for a wave height measuring buoy originated from the tragic floods in the province of Zeeland, in 1953. In order to prevent such catastrophes in the future, the government decided to close the sea-arms and raise the dikes. The required dike height is not only determined by the maximal water level, but also by the height of the waves threatening to wash over the dikes.