Sunday 5 July, 2020

Microsoft partnership to revolutionise underwater quality testing

A recent partnership by Microsoft with the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA), Fujitsu and Digicel is expected to revolutionise local underwater quality testing via the latest, international technology to detect the levels of pollution in the sea.

The partnership generated a prototype that utilises Fujitsu GlobeRanger software, Microsoft Azure and a cellular connection from Digicel to gather critical data that will assist the IMA.

The technology is intended to determine the potential impact pollution will have on aquatic life and the surrounding ecosystem.

The Water Quality Measurement project, which was introduced at a community symposium hosted by the IMA in Chatham on Wednesday, stems from an initial discussion between Microsoft and the IMA in September 2016, and delivers a wireless sensor platform to simplify remote water quality monitoring.

Underwater Libelium sensors and hardware will be placed on buoys in the Gulf of Paria for a three-month period, with the data collected from these sensors processed and analysed to provide critical insight into the levels of pollution.

The solution also utilises the Internet of Things (IOT) platform provided by Fujitsu GlobeRanger to filter and process all the information, the cloud platform by Microsoft Azure, and a digital cellular connection from Digicel.

Through the implementation of Microsoft Azure, the Water Quality Measurement project can access a collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build deploy and manage applications through a global network of datacentres.

Monique Ragbir, Marketing Communications Manager of Microsoft West Indies, said the project is important for overcoming water pollution as it will provide the IMA with data that can shape their policies and activities.

The real-time collection of data via the prototype will allow for faster detection of pollution and requisite solutions to prevent disasters such as fish kill in the Gulf of Paria.


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