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Tracking fish behaviour with perception tech to reduce carbon released by uneaten food in oceans

by Tech Reporter
15th Jun 23 10:57 am

Cognizant have announced that it is collaborating with Tidal, a project inside X, Alphabet’s Moonshot Factory, to make Tidal’s ocean information platform widely available to the aquaculture market.

Until now, Tidal’s platform has been available to select pilot partners only, offering data-driven insights designed to improve the sustainability and efficiency of their operations. Cognizant will use its software and systems integration expertise to bring the Tidal platform to the broader aquaculture market.

Longer term, Cognizant and Tidal will explore additional ways to apply the platform to make an impact on industries that depend on ocean insights, including blue transportation; blue energy, and blue carbon. Together with aquaculture, part of blue food, these sectors of the blue economy represent a significant opportunity to decarbonize large ocean-based industries.

The Technology

Tidal has developed a digital technology solution that utilises innovations in underwater perception, machine learning, AI, and automation to gather and analyse data. Cognizant will collaborate with Tidal to make these technologies more widely available to the aquaculture industry to help them make more intelligent decisions, build more resiliency into their operations, and run more efficiently in a strict regulatory environment.

For the past five years, Tidal has worked with aquaculture industry leaders to develop its solution, which includes a system of underwater cameras, sensors, machine perception tools and software designed to interpret complex ocean environments. The current platform has been built and validated using Tidal’s AI, which has been trained on 8 billion underwater observations of fish behaviour across 900 terabytes of operational video.

Through its longstanding relationships with global enterprises that make up the Blue Economy, Cognizant will be able to help companies integrate Tidal’s technology into their enterprise systems, linking data from across their business to gather insights and make decisions that improve efficiency throughout the entire value chain.

“With digital technology ocean industries can not only become more resilient and future-proof in the face of a more unpredictable and rapidly changing environment, but they can help make oceans healthier and address humanity’s biggest problems – from food production to renewable energy to climate change,” said Stig Martin Fiskå, Global Head of Cognizant® Ocean. “We welcome this important collaboration with Tidal to work together with clients to support their holistic, systems-level change.”

The Opportunity

Ocean based-companies can drive better business outcomes and contribute to decarbonisation through lowering the carbon footprint of their operations. For example, in aquaculture fish farmers can use machine perception tools and AI to automate feeding time in accordance with the hunger levels of the fish to reduce wasted feed, a significant carbon emissions source while improving growth metrics.  In shipping, sea transport companies can use machine learning models to analyse micro-weather systems, current speeds and port data traffic to optimize shipping route and port arrival times for lower fuel usage.

“To preserve ocean health, we need to take an innovation-driven and collaborative approach with aquaculture companies and other businesses that make their living on and in the ocean,” said Tidal Founder and CEO, Neil Davé. “Through our collaboration with Cognizant, we hope to build on our initial success in the Norwegian aquaculture industry, and eventually expand to other sectors of the Blue Economy to make a meaningful impact in ocean health and global decarbonisation.”

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