Clever Buoy Marine Monitoring System
Clever Buoy™ is an autonomous marine monitoring system developed by Australian company, Smart Marine Systems (SMS). The system is an ocean monitoring platform that specialises in detecting large marine life using state of the art sonar and identification software systems to relay critical information to authorities responsible for beach safety.
The monitoring system is designed to be deployed beyond the surf zone and utilizes multi beam sonar transducers that are mounted on the ocean floor coupled with newly developed detection software to scan for marine life. The system creates a “virtual net” at the deployment locations and once an object is detected in the area, the software interrogates the target’s swimming pattern to determine the type of object and potential species.
If the target is determined to exhibit shark like movement patterns, information is transmitted to lifeguards within seconds notifying them of the target and the location via a real-time mobile application with automated notifications and warning information.
Clever Buoy™ is unique in the market as a viable commercially-available shark mitigation method, using non-invasive technology solutions suitable to protect high intensity surf zones. The stability and robustness of the current Clever Buoy™ platform has been verified to sustainably operate in open ocean conditions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, autonomously monitoring marine life and alerting the presence of large animals which could be a threat to beach users.