In a unique set of events, Gloucester Innovation, a Massachusetts-based solutions provider for marine applications, robotics, and biotechnology, has launched LobsterNet project in association with Sigfox USA, to collect ocean floor data using Sigfox’ low-power wide-area network (LPWAN) connectivity. The project will bring in lobstermen for help, to get sensor-based insights on the condition of the ever-changing ocean floor, off the coast of Massachusetts.
Lobstermen, by simply raising & lowering lobster traps tightened with sensor devices, will be able to fetch information regarding temperature and acidity levels of water on the ocean floor to a cloud-based server. The LobsterNet project is still under deployment and uses sensors and wireless technology to collect ocean floor data and forward it to a cloud. The project is being deployed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association (MLA) to distribute the sensors in the ocean floor water, off the coast of Massachusetts.
Gloucester Innovation plans to cover the entire 192-mile state coastline with sensors that can detect pollutants on the ocean floor, as well as help improve the shoreline management. The project was launched with an aim to preserve the marine environment and will gather and share data such as PH levels of water, depth, temperatures, and contaminants from as far as 20 miles offshore. According to Ric Upton, founder of Gloucester Innovation, the project is an effort to monitor the ocean’s health and accordingly manage the marine industry.