The high cost of current boat traffic monitoring systems has prevented widespread adoption of the technology. Without these monitoring systems, ecological damage from unrestricted boat activity and encroachment on marine protected areas goes undetected.
"Protected areas in the ocean, unlike a forest patch, are far more difficult to manage and face increasing challenges, especially as they expand to enforce boundaries and policies with no observable boundaries and or protective barriers to the sea" (Conservation X Labs Open Challenge, Hackaday Prize 2020).
A low cost, reliable product that agencies and individuals can use to monitor boat activity in marine and freshwater environments. Then use the data collected to develop protection strategies or to understand how boat activity levels trend with other changes in an aquatic ecosystem.
Product Design Requirements
- less than $40 in material costs
- assemble in less than two hours
- at least four weeks of continuous operation between battery charges
- tamper proof
- low ecological impact of installation
- detect boat traffic within a 4m or greater radius from the device
- System architecture development and cost study - complete 06/21/2020
- Piezo microphone boat detection proof-of-concept
- Breadboard prototype
- Field ready prototype
- Prototype field testing