By building an underwater IoT system using Artificial Intelligence, a Philippine-based non-profit organization is looking to preserve and grow coral reefs. They are deploying the technology specifically to classify and count fish by using images taken automatically by a camera that operates around the clock. This data is used to analyze the abundance and diversity of marine life on the reef in order to accurately monitor the reef’s progress as it regenerates. This solution replaces the work human divers previously did, when they could capture only 30 minutes of video at a time. The story that follows does an excellent job of detailing exactly how the technology is woven together to create an application that is making a major contribution to sustainability.
A joint project from Accenture, Intel and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation is using AI to monitor the resiliency of coral reefs in the Philippines.
Project: CORaiL uses hardware from Intel in an Accenture-designed AI-powered underwater camera system to monitor marine life around the reef, a key indicator of reef health. In the pilot phase, a prototype camera was deployed on the reef at Pangatalan Island. Since deployment in May 2019, it has taken more than 40,000 images.
Coral reefs around the world are rapidly perishing due to a combination of overfishing, bottom trawling and warming ocean temperatures. These reefs are an ecosystem for 25% of the planet’s marine life, and without them, miles of coastline become vulnerable to tropical storms. They also provide food and income for 1 billion people and generate $9.6 billion in tourism and recreation, according to figures provided by Intel.