Triathlon WA is excited to announce a new partnership which further improves the safety for swimmers competing at SunSmart IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton. This partnership with local Western Australian marine technology company Smart Marine Systems (SMS) will see the deployment of Clever Buoy™ at this year’s event, being held on Sunday 6th May.
The system specialises in detecting large marine life using state of the art sonar and identification software systems to relay critical information to authorities responsible for beach and water safety. Clever Buoy™ creates a ‘virtual net’ and once an object is detected in the area, the software interrogates the target’s swimming pattern to determine the type of object and potential species. If the target is determined to exhibit shark like movement patterns, critical information is transmitted within seconds, notifying users about the target and the animal’s location via a real-time mobile application with automated notifications and warning information.
The Clever Buoy system has been successfully deployed at Bondi Beach (NSW), City Beach (WA), for the World Professional Surf League in Australia and South Africa, and local Open Water swimming events.
The deployment of the system is an extra measure being taken by Triathlon WA at this year’s event to further improve safety for competitors and reduce the risk of the event being impacted by Sharks. Triathlon WA has previously announced changes to the swim course which will keep competitors no further than 300m from shore.
Further information on the Clever Buoy System can be found at the Smart Marine Systems website www.sharkmitigation.com/cleverbuoy