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Autors Aleksandrs Tregubovs   
Piektdiena, 14 decembris 2012 04:22

Pollution control robotic fish tests

Researchers recently tested a pollution-detecting robotic fish prototype in the Spanish Port of Gijon. The new technology aimsto help authorities monitor pollution levels in ports and harbours and avert potential problems.

The 'fish' can detect hazardous pollutants such as leaks from vessels in port or underwater pipelines by way of a tiny chemical sensor.

This information is then sent back to shore for researchers to analyse. Sister publication, Maritime Journal, initially reported on the Shoal project back in 2009 whilst the robotic fish were still in research.

Back then, project leader of Shoal and senior research scientist at BMT Group Luke Speller, told MJ that the fish had the ability to co-ordinate their own recharging and distance from each other by using used swarm intelligence.

He said that the whole shoal would see the entire picture if they came across something, they would work together.

Shoal is a European research project managed by BMT and funded under the European Seventh Framework Programme for ICT.

Following this testing, researchers will now decide if any modifications are needed to the prototype before going ahead with developing a commercial system.

The Shoal consortium is made up of six European organisations - BMT Group, the University of Essex, Tyndall National Institute, the University of Strathclyde, Thales safari and the Port Authority of Gijon.


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