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New shark detection system on trial at Sydney beach

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Sydney: In a bid to reduce shark attacks, a new shark detection system, described as “facial recognition technology for marine life” is being trialled at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach. The system called ‘Clever Buoy’ picks up on any animal two metres or longer within a 300-metre radius, sending a signal to lifeguards via an app on their phones.

“We have aerial surveillance which has been expanded. We have our shark meshing programme between Newcastle and Wollongong,” said New South Wales (NSW) Primary Industries Minister, Niall Blair. “We have our 4G system on the north coast which is detecting tagged sharks and now we’ve got our Clever Buoy in Bondi which we hope has a big future in NSW,” Blair said.

Clever Buoy, designed by the company Shark Mitigation Systems, has the ability to detect sharks at a success rate of at least 90 per cent, ‘ABC News’ reported. It uses a multi-beam sonar which is a relatively new sonar technology, coupled with a software which is very much like facial recognition technology for marine life, said Craig Anderson, one of the company’s founders. “Anything that is greater than two metres and isself-propelled will be detected,” Anderson added.