Technology

Smart technology is the foundation on which the Smart Beaches project rests.

Sensors and a mix of other smart infrastructure will monitor wave and swell movement to provide earlier detection of dangerous conditions. Others will monitor visitor activity to gauge which beaches and amenities are busiest at any given time.

The data these sensors collect will be transmitted to lifeguards, local councils and open data websites.

Below is an example of the technology being used on our beaches this summer.

Visitor Data

Activity Data

Environmental Data

Amenity Data

Technology

Monitoring beach conditions and visitor behaviour is important to enhance beachgoers safety. It can be difficult to keep up to date with the latest in technology and the examples where practical application has been successful.

As a part of the Smart Beaches project The University of Technology Sydney Institute for Sustainable Futures conducted a study into the “Existing and emerging technologies to enhance beach safety management” (Ruoso,L-E., Zeibot, M., and Wilmot, K., (2020). The study can be found here and has been used as a framework to structure this section in the hope that it can be added to over time.

Sensing and perception technology

This group of technology provide the eyes and ears of a system and answers questions such as “What does the world look like?”

Name

Application

Link

X-band radar
Nearshore (wave, current and bathymetry)
Marinespecies

LIDAR

Nearshore bathymetry
NOAA
Video imagery
Beach usage, waves, rips
Cellphone data
Beach usage
Telstra location insights
Computer Aided Dispatchers
Lifeguard Activity
Watchtower
GPS Trackers
Lifeguard activity and resource usage
Digital Matter
Smart Watches
Lifeguard activity
Nearshore Bouys
Nearshore waves and currents
Sofar Spotter V2

Cognition Technology

This group of technologies are like the brain of the systems that asks questions like “what is the information telling us?”

Name

Application

Link

Data Integration
Integrate multiple data sources
Envirocoms
Video Analytics
Beach usage and conditions
Numerical Models
Nearshore waves and currents
MHL
Artificial neural networks
Risk prediction
SOSeas
Indexes
Risk prediction
Hawaii beach safety

Actuation Technology

This technology delivers information to people. It answers questions like “what is the best way to indicate current conditions?”

Name

Application

Link

Phone applications
Public communication
Dashboards
Lifeguard communication
esri
Beach Wifi technology
Public communication
Life-Fi
Digital signage
Public communication
Incident notification & alarms
Public communication
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