Australia will deploy AI drones to spot sharks and crocodiles near swimmers

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Australia will deploy AI drones to spot sharks and crocodiles near swimmers

The Ripper Group in conjunction with UTS successfully developed and demonstrated the world’s first AI drones enabled automatic detection system which covers sharks, crocodiles and a range of up to 14 different species of marine life. This Ai-enabled solution delivers 90% accuracy.

The appropriately named SharkSpotter Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) uses breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) which leverages cutting-edge, deep-learning neural networks and image processing techniques that can – in real time – detect and alert an operator if a dangerous marine animal is present.
Sharkspotter’s video processing capabilities enable it to distinguish between sharks and other marine life such as dolphins, rays and whales, as well as human beings such as swimmers, board riders and objects such as boats…irrespective of whether the sharks are moving or not.
When combined with the sound speaker functionality, the automated AI drones enabled system can warn surfers and swimmers that a shark or crocodile is nearby, and simultaneously relay this information direct to emergency services and beach lifeguards for appropriate action.
Little Ripper uses Amazon’s AWS cloud system to allow lifesavers to view live video feeds from their smartphones. AWS reduced the latency of a drone’s video feed from 10 seconds to 1 second.

Australian rivers have the highest density of saltwater crocodiles in the world. The number of deadly attacks has risen in recent years, which is believed to be due to an increase in the crocodile population. And new analysis compiled by consumer comparison website finder.com.au found Australia has recorded the highest number of shark fatalities in the world over the past 30 years.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: The Ripper Group

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