Saving drones: Australia to use AI-powered UAVs to prevent shark attacks

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Instead, they use artificial intelligence software so they can spot sharks by themselves. But while that number is arguably low (particularly compared to the number of swimmers that hit Australia's beaches every summer) the spectre of shark attacks looms large over the Australian consciousness.

Little Ripper is also developing an electronic shark repellent that the drone will be able to release. To improve the results, additional software is also deployed to analyze the video feed from the drones to doubly make sure that sharks aren't missed.

Aerial videos of sharks from publicly available sources are used to train the system's algorithms and differentiate sharks from dolphins and whales.

According to CNET, the technology, known as SharkSpotter, detects sharks as the drone flies above the water.

The drones are the brain-child of The Little Ripper Group, which worked in partnership with researchers from the University of Technology Sydney's School of Software for more than a year to develop the shark-spotting technology. The drone-based system can detect sharks with 90 percent accuracy, Sharma said.

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Drones with shark detection systems have been rolled out in Australia and will start patrolling the country's beaches, Reuters reported.

In the wake of a series life-threatening shark encounters, Australia has finally found a reliable way to track "the ultimate undersea predator".

The aerial drones are piloted by operators who will look for sharks using detection software.

The system will initially warn swimmers with a megaphone call, but if the sharks are too near, it will offer immediate help by deploying life rafts and emergency beacons.

"It's not about replacing human beings all together, it's about assisting human beings to get the work done in a better way with more accuracy. So this is one of the layers of the depth", Scully-Power said.

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