Quick shark warning system
MANDURAH residents are pushing for a trial of a new shark detection system that would see below the water surface, detect sharks and send a warning to swimmers or surfers in “less than one second”.
Shark Alert International chief technical officer Chris Mounkley, who designs and builds professional unmanned aircrafts around the globe, claimed past trials of his new system gave 100 per cent detection.
“This multi spectral camera system can detect sharks eight to 10 metres deep,” he said.
“The most recent test in Hawaii detected live sharks in rough conditions showing the effectiveness of detection over reef, something previously thought impossible.”
Mr Mounkley said the drone-fixed cameras were linked to a microcomputer that used an algorithm to detect, in real-time, the signature of a shark in the water.
The multi spectral cameras would observe a wider stretch of coastline, four kilometres long, flying at 80 kilometres an hour without being hindered by waves, glare and chop.
If a true detection was found, a warning signal would be sent to alert lifeguards who would receive the shark’s location and where it was travelling.
Rick Gerring, the brother of Ben Gerring who was killed by a shark in 2016, said a device would provide “extra surveillance” on beaches.
“There’s no silver bullet when it comes to protection against sharks. However, having extra surveillance if there was a shark around that would get people out of the water quicker, track the shark as well as open beaches sooner would be great,” he said.
Mr Mounkley said he was in the process of developing a waterproof smart watch system that was 80 per cent complete.
Surfers could receive warnings in less than one second, even in remote locations.
A multi spectral camera system-processed image of a shark deep below the surface.