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RECAP — Tenant Talks, with Eric Siegel of RBR

Join us every Tuesday for Tenant Talks, a new weekly web series with COVE tenants. We sit down with a new COVE member each week to discuss their company and the exciting projects and products they are working on.

Our guest on Tuesday, May 12 was Eric Siegel. He is the Director of Sales and Marketing at RBR. 

Since 1973, RBR has been designing and manufacturing oceanographic instruments in Ottawa, Canada.

From the ocean abyss to the polar ice cap, our sensors track water parameters: temperature, depth, salinity, dissolved gases, pH, and many others.

You can watch a full replay of the interview on Youtube:

Don’t have the 28 minutes and 40 seconds needed to watch the full thing? No worries. We’ve collected some of the highlights in the quotes below.

“About ten years ago, RBR pivoted more firmly towards ocean science, ocean technology and really started expanding the product line to do a whole bunch of things — we measure temperature, water pressure, salinity, dissolved oxygen, light, and other water quality parameters.”

“If you think about ocean sensors as being what the doctor to measure people when you go into seeing them, the doctor will measure your heart, your pulse, your breathing. Those are core variables that doctors will measure regardless of why you’re in there. And these kinds of measurements of temperature, pressure, salinity. Those are core measurements that anyone doing ocean science or research or developments will want to measure.”

“RBR makes the highest accuracy and highest stability sensors and generally used for ocean science when people want to look at things like changing climate, or when they really need to publish their work with trusted data.”

“Nationally, of course, we’re involved in projects all over the country. The University of Toronto, they deploy a bunch of our temperature sensors in the lake to look at how the lake cycles in temperature. They chose our equipment because of the very high accuracy. Very small changes in temperature through the lake will drive the overturning circulation which will affect how oxygen gets cycled. They need that type of accuracy to even resolve the very small currents underneath the ice.”

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