Clever Buoy and Google Plus to detect sharks

Sharks and humans should not really come into contact, in some cases sharks have been know to badly hurt or even kill people. However, thanks to Optus and Google Plus swimmers, surfers etc may be able to stay safe.

The protection comes in two parts, first is an Australian firm called Shark Mitigation Systems, who has created a sonar buoy, which has been named ‘Clever Buoy’ that can detect sharks or large objects in the buoys’ presence. If say a shark is near the Clever Buoy will send information to lifeguards over Optus’ mobile telephony network.

These Clever Buoys’ will be placed off Australia beaches and as said above will act in two parts, one will be able to learn about shark behaviour keeping people safe in the long run, and the second part is to offer real-time information about the sharks to lifeguards and swimmers, the alerts will also be sent to the Google Plus social networking site.

Google is apart of the Clever Buoy project and Google Plus is being used for its G+ Circles feature, this is great because it has targeted content distribution. The buoys’ will be released commercially from mid-2015.

For more information please does watch the YouTube video below, we also recommend you visiting BetaNews as well.

Not too sure how Google Plus will help seeing as this social network is not as popular as other in Australia, when it comes to social networking Google Plus is only being used by about 17% of Australians.

Do you think Google Plus will play a good part in the Clever Buoy project?

Clever Buoy and Google Plus to detect sharks

  • StarkRG

    Like the shameful shark cull this is laughably pointless. As I’ve said elsewhere, the ratio of shark- to mosquito-related deaths is somewhere around 1 in 10,000. You heard me, for every one person killed by a shark every year ten thousand are killed by mosquito-borne diseases. Unfortunately mosquito-related deaths are fat less dramatic than their shark-related cousins. Additionally, mosquito-related deaths tend to be seen as a primarily third-world problem, and while this does have a thread of truth to it, there are a significant number in first world countries, including Australia.