Drone patrols the shores of Australia to detect sharks

Unmanned aircraft equipped with shark detection and artificial intelligence systems will begin patrolling several Australian beaches starting next month in an effort to improve security. The battery-powered aircraft will feed the video directly to the operator and the software will detect it in real time.

Tinuku Drone patrols the shores of Australia to detect sharks

Test results have shown that humans have a 25 percent accuracy rate when interpreting data from aerial images to detect shark activity, but software improves accuracy by up to 90 percent.

"It helps people get things done in a better way more accurately, that's the intended application," said Nabin Sharma of the University of Technology Sydney's School of Software.

Videos of sharks are used to train algorithm systems and differentiate sharks from other sea creatures such as dolphins and whales, as well as surfers, swimmers and ships. Australia and the United States are the top countries of direct encounters between humans and sharks.

The University of Technology Sydney runs a shark detection project with the Little Ripper Group in 2016. The drone features a megaphone while detecting sharks to notify swimmers. The aircraft will be patrolling several beaches in Australia starting in September.

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