About Us


Kobelt Development Inc. (KDI) is an IT firm that was first established in 1987. KDI has developed and supported enterprise level and embedded software systems in Vancouver since 1990. In the 1990s Tom Kobelt worked with a team at Kobelt Manufacturing to develop their electronic propulsion controls systems, first the 6535 and later the 6525. KDI has consulted to Kobelt Manufacturing on various projects over time up until 2015. The intersection of embedded systems and enterprise systems gives us the current edge in the IoT (internet of Things) development. With over 25 years of experience in software development in the maritime, enterprise and internet spaces KDI has launched Aquakob Systems Inc.

Aquakob was created to provide quality marine systems with a focus on propulsion controls and remote system monitoring. Quality is seen as goodness of fit of the solution to our clients’ needs. We have had time to reflect on the job to be done and the key factors in the installation and ongoing support of marine control packages. We invited industry veterans with over 25 years of experience to share their concerns and desires in a new system. We did a full review of key components that can fail and the amount of effort for field support. We simplified the mechanical design and replaced components such as potentiometers with digital encoders. We also invited students from the KPU design school to provide a new perspective and input on the control heads resulting in an ergonomic handle grip.

Aquakob is open to the global reality of a connected world through the internet and values collaboration with many partners. We share the mission of KDI where we believe technology should be a positive influence on this planet. By helping our clients in the marine industry through building, training and maintaining robust marine control and monitoring systems we are contributing to the greater good of mankind.

Questions? Give us a call at 778-658-0157