Helping the Blue World Institute manage their operations with smart sensors

Jul 4, 2024 | News

The Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI) works to protect the marine environment in the Adriatic Sea. Their research focuses mainly on large marine vertebrates (dolphins and whales, sea turtles, sharks and giant devil rays). BWI has three bases in the Adriatic sea, on the islands of LošinjMurter and Vis where they use high speed rubber boats to conduct their research in the field and operate a sustainable dolphin watching operation in the northern Adriatic.

Sense4Boat has partnered with the Blue World Institute to provide them with the technology to track the movements of their boats, and to monitor the statuses of their boat’s batteries.

The partnership will grow to include developing a program and platform to analyse leasure-boat movements and their effect on the behavior of large sea mammals, primarily bottlenose dolphins in the Adriatic sea. Boat owners will be invited to join the program and contribute with their data, once the platform becomes available to the public.

Having a partner who covers often more than 60 Nm per day in various parts of Adriatic sea helps us upgrade our technology and test the available connectivity options. Yesterday we were installing a new version of our GPS trackers on a couple of Blue World Institute boats on Lošinj island.
We will be gathering data throughout the summer to thorougly test the hardware, connectivity and the software implementation of the new sensors before making a decision to include the new sensor in our existing sensors porfolio.