True fishermen enjoy the sport of their pursuit. They combine savvy, experience, and perhaps a bit of educated guessing to know the spots that provide the best chance for them to reel in a prized catch. But for those depending on what they bring in to pay their bills, such as the watermen working the waters of the Chesapeake Bay for crabs, oyster, and fish, wireless is providing an edge that they’re buying into, hook, line and sinker.
High Tech Buoys 'Catching' On
The Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) deploys a series of cellular-enabled buoys throughout the bay, measuring key variables such as wind speed, water temperature, salinity, turbidity, chlorophyll-a concentrations, wave height, and water depth. The information is aggregated on a public web portal and is used by local fishermen to enhance their prospects of improving their day’s catch. With the Chesapeake Bay supporting a $2 billion fishing economy, the increases in efficiency and productivity provided by the CBIBS system is substantial.
The information being collected by the buoys’ sensors is also transmitted via cellular to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration office in Baltimore. Meteorological experts there use the data to monitor the health of the Bay and to be better aware of Bay conditions in the event of bad weather.
The wireless component of the system is proving to be invaluable to inspiring greater economic benefits for those relying on the Bay for their livelihood, and for providing real-time data for weather and environmental monitoring. It’s another example of wireless innovation revolutionizing a business and also having a substantially positive impact on the environment and the delivery of public services.
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