The sensors under consideration in NeXOS are divided by their method of operation and their measured parameter(s). A variety of platform types have been selected for their operational capabilities and (ocean) deployment. The table below, summarizes these platforms and the sensor types each can support to make useful measurements for ocean monitoring and dedicated scientific research. The platforms include both traditional types with long record of operation, such as stand-alone moorings, and new platforms such as Voluntary Observing Ships (VoS), drifters/profilers and Gliders.
NeXOS will also enable easier use of fishing vessels as platforms, involving new communities in ocean observation and improving standards. The innovative multi-platform approach requires sensors designed and available (precommercially) for several platform types. As a result, manufacturing costs will also be reduced by increasing the number of units produced and extending the lifetime of the sensors (and batteries). Observational programmes will benefit from the improvement and standardization of equipment and data protocols in NeXOS (reducing operational cost). The data obtained from multi-sensor platforms will be of greater use for science and resource assessments with improved quality/accuracy and synoptically measured parameters (physical, biological).