Deeper Insights develops AI solutions to help protect endangered species in The Ocean Cleanup efforts

Project overview

Deeper Insights is enhancing The Ocean Cleanup's efforts to reduce accidental marine creature entrapment with AI-assisted computer vision, image data enhancement, and real-time computation, thereby increasing turtle detection accuracy and paving the way for a fully automated surveillance system.

The challenge

The Ocean Cleanup, the non-profit project with the mission of ridding the oceans of plastic, is utilizing new AI capabilities to reduce incidental bycatch of marine animals during their operations. Their current method involves a network of cameras around the system, monitored by observers who identify any animals in the footage. However, the continuous vigilance required to monitor the camera feeds presents a daunting manual workload, resulting in a high incidence of false positives for the team.

The solution

With the use of Deeper Insights, Floating Point™ platform, an AI solution was developed to boost the effectiveness and precision of the camera system, incorporating AI-assisted computer vision, employing underwater image enhancement methods, and creating a model capable of real-time computation. The immediate objective is to establish a computer-assisted system with outstanding performance and a significantly diminished rate of false positives.

The end result

This AI solution marks a significant step forward in the efficacy of The Ocean Cleanup's operations and its mitigation of any negative impact. The increase in camera count and advancements in image processing results in more accurate detection of animals such as turtles, thus lowering false positives. The adoption of real-time computing has significantly streamlined the system's efficiency, bolstering the monitoring and safeguarding of endangered species. These promising results pave the way towards the future development of a fully automated surveillance system that The Ocean Cleanup can use to better protect endangered species as they continue removing plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Next steps

A variety of technologies and techniques were utilised in the development of this application. To gain a further understanding of the technology and services offered by Deeper Insights, please inquire for more information or visit our services page.

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