Poole Harbour AI
AI technology to monitor, protect and improve harbour's water ecosystem.
06:20 21 May 2020
BCP Council and the Poole Harbour Commissioners have teamed up with UnifAI Technology in a scheme that aims to protect the water ecosystem in Pool Harbour using artificial intelligence (AI). The project is set to be initially deployed at Poole Park's lake before being launched in the harbour as a whole. AI technology will be used to gather data from water quality sensors to better understand, predict and manage events such as fertiliser run-off, bacterial build-up and industrial discharges.
Cllr Felicity Rice, BCP environment member, said: "It is great to be working with partners through this pilot to help protect our special harbour ecosystem.
"Poole Harbour is treasured by everyone that lives and visits Poole.
"Unfortunately, there are many factors affecting wildlife and plants in the harbour. For example, tyre dust from cars and lorries gets washed into the water, along with products used in the farming industry, and even the medications that we use ourselves can end up in the watercourse system - so we are really keen to understand how we can best preserve this amazing natural feature which is right on our doorstep."
UnifAi Technolgoy chief commercial officer Dan Byles said: "We are delighted to be working with BCP Council and the Poole Harbour Commissioners on this important project.
"By helping us understand complex systems such as the microbiome of natural water ecosystems, the right technologies can be powerful tools in ensuring we better look after the quality of our water, air and soil."