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    BRNKL wins "Most Innovative Product" at Vancouver Boat Show Best In Show Awards see more

    BRNKL wins "Most Innovative Product" at Vancouver Boat Show Best In Show Awards

    Hometown heroes and industry giants all took home awards for their products

    Pacific Yachting's annual Best In Show awards have been chosen at the 2019 Vancouver International Boat Show. Over the past five years, Pacific Yachting has presented these awards to honour the many marine manufacturers and dealers who have developed, promoted and sold products that improve our boating experience. This year's show offered a number of excellent boats and products for the judges to consider.

    The Best in Show award categories for 2019 include: Powerboat 40-ft and Over, Powerboat 39-ft and Under, Sailboat 40-ft and Over, Sailboat 39-ft and Under, Most Innovative Product, and Best Marine Electronics.

    This year's Best in Show judges include Peter Robson, former editor at Pacific Yachting and freelance marine writer; Brian Lind, managing editor at PassageMaker magazine; and Ed McAfee, the son of the late Roger McAfee, and experienced shipwright and fabricator.

    Innovation Award

    The judges awarded BRNKL (pronounced “barnacle”) for their innovative boat monitoring system. This locally developed product offers a full-range of remote monitoring capabilities including battery and shore power, high water sensors, and GPS positioning. BRNKL is the first IOT (internet of things) monitoring company to integrate an accelerometer into their system. This allows detection of collision and grounding (which the judges think will be useful for charter companies). Any DIYskilled boater can install the unit and have peace-of-mind when away from their boat. In comparison to other available monitoring systems, BRNKL has an affordable price point and plans to roll out new features with future software updates.


    To see the full list of winners [click here]


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    Victoria-based boat security company Barnacle Systems set for Consumer Electronics Show see more

    Source: Sooke News Mirror
    Author: Keri Coles

    VIATEC’s 2018 “Startup of the Year” heads to Vegas for global spotlight

    Victoria-based boat security company Barnacle Systems set for Consumer Electronics Show

    VIATEC’s 2018 “Startup of the Year” is getting an opportunity to step into the global spotlight as it heads to Vegas to represent Canada at the Consumer Electronics Show.

    Victoria-based boat security and monitoring company Barnacle Systems will be exhibiting their product BRNKL (pronounced barnacle) at CES 2019 alongside other Canadian companies at the Canadian Pavilion in Las Vegas.

    “Representing Canada and the boating industry at CES 2019 is a dream come true,” said Brandon Wright, founder of Barnacle Systems. “Our team has worked extremely hard to get to where we are today.”

    BRNKL is a “home security system” for boats so owners can check in on their vessel remotely from their smartphone, tablet, or computer. The BRNKL app allows users to see inside of their vessel, receive GPS alerts, know the status of batteries, shore power connection and if water is entering their boat.

    Based in Victoria, BC, and founded in July of 2017, the Barnacle Systems’ founding team consists of Vancouver Island locals Brandon Wright, Sean Battistoni and Nick Van Doorn.

    Wright grew up in Comox and completed Electrical Engineering at the University of Victoria.

    Battistoni, having also graduated from the University of Victoria, grew up in Victoria and managed Marina Operations for the Oak Bay Marine Group.

    Van Doorn, the team’s software lead, grew up in Victoria and lives by the mantra “talk is cheap, show me the code.”

    The Consumer Electronics Show showcases more than 4,500 exhibiting companies to 180K attendees from 150 countries. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50+ years.

    CES will be held in Las Vegas Nevada from Jan. 8-11.

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    Among the semi-finalists are Victoria's own Barnacle Systems (BRNKL) and Locelle Digital Inc see more

    Barnacle Systems and Locelle make it to Small Business BC's Top 10 Best Concept List

    The Small Business BC Awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC's entrepreneurs. These awards are a celebration of the contributions small business owners make to their local communities and to the global economy. It's free to enter and open to all new and existing small businesses in BC.

    The votes have been tallied and the Top 10 Semi-Finalists for the 2019 Small Business BC Awards have been announced. Among the semi-finalists are Victoria's own Barnacle Systems (BRNKL) and Locelle Digital Inc, both of which are in the Top 10 for Best Concept. See the Top 10s for each category right here.

    What's next:

    1. As a Top 10 finalist, they'll be given one month to provide the expert panel of judges a more detailed application outlining why they deserve to win the award. These applications will be assessed to narrow down competition to the Top 5 finalists.
    2. Come February 4th, the Top 5 in each category will be required to make a ten minute pitch explaining why their business trumps the other finalists in their category. If they can convince the judges that their business really is the best, then they’ll be selected as the winner.
    3. February 21st: Awards Gala! Each winner will be recognized with a cash prize in the amount of $1,500,  a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education resources and experts, business mentorship from the award sponsor and the opportunity for extensive media exposure.

    About Barnacle Systems:

    Barnacle Systems Inc. is a boat security and monitoring company based in Victoria. Founded in 2017, the team at Barnacle has developed an innovative new surveillance product for the marine industry called BRNKL.

    BRNKL is for boat owners who need to be able to check in on their vessel remotely from their smartphone, tablet, or computer. BRNKL is also for yacht monitoring and charter companies who need a simple dashboard outlining the health and status of all their boats.

    Like a ‘home security system for your boat’ users can see inside of their vessel(s) using an onboard camera while also monitoring critical alerts such as anchor drag, low batteries, loss of shore power and high-water.  Unlike standard marine electronics that provide monitoring while you’re on board, BRNKL has a built-in global cellular service. So, whether you’re at the dock, at home, or halfway around the world your boat is at your fingertips.

    About Locelle Digtial:

    Locelle is a next-generation women-only networking platform providing a safer and easier way to meet up with like-minded women (friends, mentors, business connections). Unlike Facebook, Bumble, Meetups, Slack and other platforms, we create real connections by finding nearby matches based on interests, location, activities and time using our proprietary technology. Our business model is B2B2C with users from SAP, Microsoft, IBM on the platform.

    Companies have challenges attracting and retaining women employees, especially in the current social environment, where movements like #metoo and #timesup bring about diversity and inclusion initiatives. Highly topical for the above challenge is social isolation, which affects millions of women around the world and have chronic long-term condition in terms of impact they have on health & well being. Since launching a month ago, Locelle has already made many meaningful connections for women in Victoria and Vancouver.