Last week, the Financial Times published an article by Adam Green titled “Tech knowhow gives new lease of life to marine habitats.” The article discusses various efforts underway to combat the demise of sensitive marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs, and the first project discussed is the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation’s efforts to regrow and rebuild Pangatalan Island’s marine protected area in the Philippines. This project, done on conjunction with Accenture and Intel, has developed an innovative solution for recreating and restoring the island’s coral reefs to their former health that includes the addition of AI capabilities to underwater cameras that automatically capture and process tens of thousands of images of fish and other marine species to identify and monitor their migration patterns and their daily life in the reef.
The Financial Times article quotes Patrick Dorsey, a Vice President in the Intel Programmable Solutions Group, who discusses the reasoning behind the creation of the automated camera system, which is both more accurate and less disruptive than human divers when used to catalog ongoing changes to the reef’s marine life.
The smart underwater video cameras employ Accenture’s Video Analytics Services Platform (VASP), which provides a toolset for rapidly building and deploying AI capabilities. Accenture’s smart underwater video cameras located near the concrete scaffolds employ Accenture’s VASP, which is powered by multiple Intel technologies including Intel® Xeon® CPUs, Intel® FPGA Programmable Acceleration Cards (PACs), and the Intel® Neural Compute Stick 2 powered by the Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X Vision Processing Unit (VPU) and the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit.
For more information about the technology behind this project, see “Accenture, the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation, and Intel partner to create the CORaiL underwater vision system to help restore fragile coral reef ecosystems.”
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