Shark drones ready to protect Australia beaches

Published on : Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Australian Surf Festival beckons adventure touristsThe spectacular beaches of Australia are soon going to be well-protected by an excellent shark detection artificial intelligence process thereby promising greater safety for beachgoers.


These drones would be offering a live feed to an operator who would then utilize the software to identify sharks in real time with increased efficiency. As per the account of a news agency, studies have indicated that the human eye has a 20 to 30% accuracy rate when interpreting data from aerial images to notice shark activity.


Similar detection software is likely to expand the success rate to 90% according to Dr. Nabin Sharma who is a research associate at the University of Technology Sydney School of Software.


He went on to explain that the idea is not aimed to replace all humans altogether but to cooperate with them to get the work done in a much better way and with greater efficiency and accuracy levels. The algorithms of the AI software have been well trained to differentiate sharks from other aquatic creatures and even boats and surfers and can then tag sharks in real time.


This software has been developed by the university with the Little Ripper Group.


The Little Ripper drones with the shark-spotting equipment would be capable of warning swimmer through megaphone whenever a shark is detected.


And, the drones would be used at several beaches across Australia from September onwards.


Currently nets have been deployed to prevent sharks from venturing too close to swimmers. But then the process of implementing drones might be harmful to other marine lives.



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