The SeaDetect project, part of Europe's LIFE initiative, aims to halt the biodiversity loss due to collisions between ships and cetaceans by implementing and developing new technologies. To considerably reduce this risk of collision and protect marine life and biodiversity, the SeaDetect project aims to develop two innovative, complementary systems. The first is a detection system to be deployed on ships composed of multiple highly sensitive sensors, of which the data will be fused and processed with artificial intelligence in order to detect cetaceans up to 1km. The second is a network of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) buoys that will detect and triangulate the position of cetaceans in real-time in order to prevent collision for all vessels in usual maritime roads.
IPI's role in the project is to develop novel detection algorithms based on raw data fusion to improve the detection capabilities of the on-board systems.
The project coordinator is Naval Group, with partners from France, Italy, and Belgium: Diades Marine Sas, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Registre International De Classification De Navires Et De Plateformes Offshore, Greenov-ites, Nex Vision, Office National D'etudes Et De Recherches Aerospatiales, Quiet Oceans, La Méridionale S.a., Istituto Tethys Onlus, Institut Royal Des Sciences Naturelles De Belgique, and IMEC-IPI.
EU-LIFE, 9/2022 - 8/2026