Oil spill detection enhanced by Norwegian IoT partnership

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ocean visuals and miros are joining forces and combining iot technology to detect oil spills

Two Norweigan companies, Miros and Ocean Visuals, have formed a partnership to combine their oil spill detection technologies.

The deal will see the two companies deploy IoT sensors and data analysis techniques to help prevent future oil spills from becoming environmental disasters.

So what’s behind the move?

When an oil spill happens at sea, detecting the event and investigating its seriousness can be as challenging as the cleanup. Adverse weather conditions, and even the time of day, can complicate the process. As a result, automated systems using remote sensors have come to the fore in recent years.

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Avoiding another Deepwater Horizon

The disaster at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010 was the largest marine oil spill in history, spewing an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The oil leak was discovered two days after the initial explosion on the afternoon of April 22nd and flowed for a total of 87 days.

Tracking the movement of the oil and identifying its concentration were two challenges immediately faced by the cleanup operation. In those scenarios, situational awareness is key to damage mitigation.

Which is where the IoT comes in today.

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Miros and Ocean Visuals join forces

Miros’ Oil Spill Detection (OSD) system combines radar and infrared sensors to provide an early warning for spills and allow recovery operations to take place in total darkness.

The Miros system can be used by ship owners, port authorities, and offshore rigs to form a network of sensors that provide round-the-clock surveillance and automated alarms. Satellite and airborne systems can cover huge areas, but fail to provide that level of continuous, localised monitoring.

On the other hand, Ocean Visuals‘ technology relies on Hyperspectral Laser Induced Fluorescence (HLIF) based Lidar. This empowers recovery workers by providing more information than simply where the oil is heading.

Hyperspectral imaging picks up the light that oil emits in the blue-green spectral range. As well as making the oil easy to spot in difficult conditions, Ocean Visuals can effectively ‘fingerprint’ each oil sample, giving first responders all the information they need to identify the category, concentration, and type of oil in real time.

That information can then be used to make informed decisions on the best way to handle the leak and disperse the oil.

Both companies’ technologies will be combined in the new partnership, which will provide industrial customers with a set of complementary sensors that can handle the surveillance, detection, and verification of oil spills.

Andreas Brekke, CEO at Miros AS, believes that the move will help clients adapt to the dynamic threats presented by oil spills. “The real novelty of this cooperation is being able to solve a wider range of our customers’ operational challenges,” he said.

“We can now offer detection capabilities at all relevant distances and across a wider range of operating scenarios, with unprecedented automated verification capabilities.”

Ocean Visuals CEO Christian Testman, said this industry-first partnership will benefit clients immediately. “We are excited to cooperate with Miros and supporting their large client base in this space. This is an important first step towards true sensor fusion in oil spill detection”.

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Internet of Business says

This exciting partnership is an inspiring example of how the IoT isn’t just about connecting smart devices, but also about adding new technologies to data analysis.

Multispectral sensors – often attached to drones – are becoming increasingly important across many applications of IoT technology, such as farming, critical infrastructure maintenance, and other forms of disaster recovery, such as radiation leaks or power station fires.

Meanwhile, projects like Southampton University’s MAVIS project, are releasing ultra-low-cost printable drones into extreme weather systems to help track the paths of storms and hurricanes.

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Apple will address kids’ iPhone addiction with enhanced iOS parental controls

Apple has a response of sorts to activist shareholders concerned about kids’ addiction to iPhones: Enhanced parental controls are coming to iOS.

Ahead of Apple’s annual shareholder meeting next month, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) asked Apple this week for new software to let parents limit kids’ iPhone use, and to conduct a study on the effects of excessive phone use on mental health. With roughly $ 2 billion in Apple stock, Jana and CalSTRS were able to get Apple’s attention, leading the company to issue a statement reproduced in full below.

In short, Apple states that it has “always looked out for kids,” leads the industry in OS-level parental controls, and thinks “deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have.” Without providing any details or committing to the mental health study, Apple says that it has “new features and enhancements planned for the future, to add functionality and make these [parental control] tools even more robust.”

The issue of iPhone addiction — and portable device addiction in general — has been in the background for years, but recently benefited from additional attention. As noted in an earlier Reuters report, former Disney star Selena Gomez revealed that she’d canceled a tour due to depression she attributed to social media addiction, and a 2016 survey suggested that half of teenagers felt addicted to their mobile phones and were pressured to immediately respond to phone messages. The issue of how much parents should control their kids’ viewing habits — and thus their kids — has continued to percolate in popular media such as the TV show Black Mirror, without reaching a conclusive answer.

Enhanced parental controls are likely to offer only a partial solution to the issues raised by Jana and CalSTRS. Present iOS controls, found in the General > Restrictions section of Settings, include a collection of switches to disable web browsing, camera and FaceTime functionality, file sharing, Siri, the News app, and various types of media acquisition. Parents can also prevent iOS devices from displaying content with explicit language, sexual content, or limited by age-specific ratings across movies, TV shows, and apps.

What iOS’ parental controls do not enable are meaningful time limits or granular oversight over specific pieces of content displayed on the device. A Guided Access feature enables the device as a whole to be time-limited for accessibility or gallery purposes, but not with separate times for separate apps. Similarly, parents cannot easily screen or approve of web content that might skirt certain rules; they can either whitelist a narrow collection of sites one at a time, or blacklist “adult content.” Perhaps most importantly, stronger parental controls won’t address underlying issues such as the erosion of in-person socialization and lowering of self-esteem currently being caused in part by social media.

Any major improvement to the parental controls in iOS is unlikely to debut until at least June, when Apple holds its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, and it could come later given the company’s standard development cycles for new features. The lag also gives Apple plenty of time to undertake a mental health study for kids, should it want to.

Apple’s full statement is as follows:

Apple has always looked out for kids, and we work hard to create powerful products that inspire, entertain, and educate children while also helping parents protect them online. We lead the industry by offering intuitive parental controls built right into the operating system.

With today’s iOS devices, parents have the ability to control and restrict content including apps, movies, websites, songs and books, as well as cellular data, password settings and other features. Effectively anything a child could download or access online can be easily blocked or restricted by a parent.

We began delivering these controls for iPhone in 2008 with the introduction of the App Store, building on what we’d learned from offering similar features for the Mac a few years before iPhone was introduced. We also have a long history of curating our content platforms to make sure they are free of offensive material, such as pornography, and clearly labeled so parents can determine if an app, movie or song is age-appropriate. Of course, we are constantly looking for ways to make our experiences better. We have new features and enhancements planned for the future, to add functionality and make these tools even more robust.

We think deeply about how our products are used and the impact they have on users and the people around them. We take this responsibility very seriously and we are committed to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids.

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