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By Robert Buffam, CTV Vancouver Island

Oak Bay-based Barnacle Systems Inc. is one of several companies and organizations that will benefit from a federal funding announcement Tuesday.

Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan says Ottawa will provide $8.1 million to help grow the South Island economy, including companies like Barnacle Systems that specialize in marine technology.

Brandon Wright is the founder and CEO of the company. He says the business produces a system for boats where owners check in on the health of the boat from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

Barnacle provides remote surveillance and monitoring of everything from a burglar on your boat, to the status of its batteries, to whether an abandoned vessel has sunk.

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