Current-Powered Ocean Platform System New Home for SonTek® Dopplers

San Diego, CA — March 7th, 2014

SeaFormatics Pod Outfitted with Argonaut-XR SeaFormatics Pod Outfitted with Argonaut-XR

Four SonTek Argonaut®-XR acoustic Doppler profilers were recently purchased by Memorial University of Newfoundland as part of a self-power generating ocean platform system that allows for longer deployments, without the challenge of frequent battery changes.

The Seaformatics Pod originated from a university R&D project and the team is now establishing a commercial venture. The Pod's design allows for long-term, real-time and wide-area monitoring of ocean currents. Its turbine harvests power from the ocean to recharge its battery pack - a highly sought after benefit for extended current and seismic monitoring studies.

The Argonaut-XRs will be mounted on individual pods and deployed as part of an array of second generation Pod prototypes in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. The array, consisting of four Pods, will collect three-dimensional current information using the Argonaut-XRs. The data will be retrieved via the acoustic network in real-time and made available to project collaborators through a web portal.

Founded in 1992 and advancing environmental science globally, SonTek manufactures acoustic Doppler instrumentation for water velocity measurement in oceans, rivers, lakes, harbors, canals, estuaries, industrial pipes and laboratories. SonTek's sophisticated and proprietary technology serves as the foundation for some of the industry's most trusted flow data collection systems such as the FlowTracker, the RiverSurveyor and more recently, the SonTek-IQ. SonTek is located in San Diego, California, and is a division of Xylem.

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the world's most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered in Rye Brook, New York, with 2014 revenues of $3.9 billion and approximately 12,500 employees worldwide. Xylem was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last four years for advancing sustainable business practices and solutions worldwide and the Company has satisfied the requirements to be a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series each year since 2013.

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