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Rip currents occurring near the shore, caused by the seabed landscape, tides, and ocean currents, are responsible for many drowning fatalities in the summer. We are planning to create a robot which can prevent human fatalities due to rip currents.
Recently, jellyfish have hurt swimmers and fishermen, both physically and financially. The robot we plan to create will alleviate the damage caused by jellyfish, which has increased dramatically along with global warming. In addition, the robotic device will monitor the swimmers going beyond the safety lines in real time in order to minimize beachgoer fatalities.
The idea originated from ocean safety buoys on the beach. The robotic device mounted on the ocean safety buoy collects and observes marine information such as riptide currents, land swells, and jellyfish movements. Upon receiving the information, the robot sets off alarm calls, if necessary, to warm swimmers and lifeguards, thus decreasing the number of victims.
With rip current and tidal wave warning, the robot lights a flash, makes an alarm sound, and shoots out water so that the swimmer can easily recognize the imminent danger and leave the area. In addition, because the robot functions with an electronic sensor, it can convey the warning messages to lifeguards in real time wherever they are. Lifeguards do not have stay put on the watchtower scanning for the emergency any longer. They will have instant access to that information.
The robot keeps its location with the help of GPS and the control panel. It also uses main solar batteries and secondary batteries for the power source.
Collected marine observatory information, such as rip currents off the shore, will be forwarded by the marine safety robot to the marine safety control center through a built-in wifi signal. Then, the robot sets off the alarm sound, shooting out water to warn the swimmers out of the danger.
The robot is equipped with a laser sensor will detect those who cross the safety line, and it will also monitor jellyfish movements through the use of underwater cameras. Subsequently, it sends these warning messages to the safety control center, marine police station, watchtowers, and the marine patrol for the safety of swimmers nearby.