Data Facilities

Data Centre

High-speed data lines connect our shore stations to Ocean Networks Canada's data management and archive facilities at the University of Victoria. The Oceans 2.0 data management system:

  • acquires and archives incoming instrument data from the network
  • provides access to archived data via the web
  • allows technicians and scientists to control instruments and conduct experiments via the web
  • continually monitors the subsea infrastructure and instruments, verifying data quality and detecting problems as they occur
  • detect and trigger automated responses to network events

Shore Stations

Each of the Ocean Networks Canada observatories has its own shore station which provides power to the observatories. Shore stations located in Port Alberni, Sidney, and Vancouver BC, are the places where power and communications connections are made between the land and subsea portions of the observatories.

Each shore station has power feed equipment that converts the utility AC power to high voltage DC.  The backbone cables are run at 1,200 to 10,000 V DC depending on the length of the backbone cable.  Network equipment in the shore stations handle routing, switching, optical multiplexing and precise time synchronization within the network.