A collaborative effort from Microsoft Caribbean, Fujitsu Caribbean, Digicel, and the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) has led to the development of a new technology that can detect the level of pollution and inform about the potential repercussions it may have on the aquatic life as well as the connected ecosystem.
The technology was deployed in the Gulf of Paria in October this year. Along with that, Claxton Bay Fishing Depot was introduced by the Water Quality Monitoring Buoy, aiming to detect environmental occurrences that lead to oil spills and fish killings. The system will remain in the Gulf for the next half a year before more buoys are installed around rest of the country, depending on the success it can bring.
The first prototype of this technology constitutes wireless YSI sensors that function underwater, and are positioned on a buoy to gather critical data by utilizing Microsoft Azure, Fujitsu GlobeRanger software, and cellular connection from Digicel. The data will in turn aid the IMA in order to research and take care of marine and environment.
Microsoft Made the First Approach
The initiative was taken by Microsoft in September 2016 when they approached the Institute of Marine Affairs in Trinidad and Tobago, representing their technology to improve the existent IMA process. The data fetched by this buoy will be able to give insights that can enhance the IMA’s activities and help the island country, according to Raquel Moses, the country manager of Microsoft Trinidad and Tobago.