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Shark-detecting drones to patrol Australia beaches

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 01:34

A shark detection AI system will be used by drones in Australia this summer to detect sharks and ensure greater protection for beach users. Edward Baran reports.

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A shark detection AI system will be used by drones in Australia this summer to detect sharks and ensure greater protection for beach users. Edward Baran reports. STORY: How can you prevent a shark attack? Australian authorities may have an answer with this shark detection AI system. Next month it wil be sent out to various Gold Coast beaches to detect sharks and give greater protection to beach users. SOUNDBITE (English) RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL OF SOFTWARE, DR NABIN SHARMA, SAYING: "Studies have shown that human accuracy with shark detection from aerial images are around between 20 to 30 per cent max. Whereas if a computer does that in an automated way, which we have already achieved an accuracy of more than 90 per cent." In 2016, the University of Technology Sydney began developing shark-spotter software with drone company Little Ripper. It uses AI to examine live video to identify sharks. The algorithm can distingush between marine creatures and surfers, swimmers or boats, tagging sharks in real time. When a shark is detected a megaphone on the drone gives an overhead warning It can even drop emergency packs containing rafts and a defibrillator. SOUNDBITE (English) CO-FOUNDER OF LITTLE RIPPER GROUP, DR PAUL SCULLY-POWER, SAYING: "We drop a life raft, which is a four person life raft. It also has an EPIRB, which is one of these things that talks to a satellite and says 'help, please help me I'm here'. We're developing a electronic shark repellent, so if there's a shark present, it stops the shark from attacking." In the past two years, 14 shark attacks were reported in the region, killing two people.

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Shark-detecting drones to patrol Australia beaches

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 01:34