Did you know that Panasonic helps to save human lives in Australia? As Australia has the world’s highest number of fatal shark attacks, proper measures to get safer coasts are no luxury. Therefore, Panasonic batteries are used in GPS buoys along the Australian coastline to lure sharks, which are then fitted with transmitters before being released again. From then on, anyone can track the sharks’ precise location at any time. But how exactly does shark attack prevention work?
Saving marine and human lives
Up to now, shark attack prevention has been incredibly harmful to marine life. Shark nets tend to disrupt their natural swimming patterns. The animals often get stuck, and either get injured or killed by the strangling nets. Not to mention that the traditional methods haven’t always been effective for humans either. In the last one hundred years, about five hundred people have died of injuries following a deadly shark attack in the Australian waters.
In order to save both sharks and humans, Panasonic collaborates with scientists and the Australian government. Panasonic batteries help to power the cutting edge technology required for this new form of shark attack prevention, which in turn helps to keep the public safe from sharks.
Three buoys powered by Panasonic batteries
But how exactly does the technology work? The new Australian shark attack prevention is done in two big steps. First, a series of SMART drum lines (short for Shark-Management-Alert-in-Real-Time) are deployed along a 1300 kilometre stretch of the coast of New South Wales. Those are made up of three main floating parts:
- The solar buoy is where the power of Panasonic batteries come at hand. Throughout their deployment, a set of nickel-metal hybrid batteries are the main power source which is constantly being recharged by solar energy. A set of Panasonic alkaline batteries form the back-up power source.
- The anchor buoy ensures the system remains in place.
- A drumline buoy connects to the bait.
The solar buoy is supplied by Marine Instruments, a Spanish company specialised in high-quality tracking and remote monitoring products for harsh marine environments and sustainable fishing. The Panasonic batteries inside ensure a long and reliable life cycle for the 100 systems currently used near the coast.
SharkSmart smartphone application
As soon as a shark is hooked, a team of stand-by scientists quickly turns into action. Within fifteen minutes, they reach the shark by boat. They attach a small GPS tracker to the back fin of the animal. Then they lead the shark further off shore. From then on, anyone can follow a shark’s precise location at any time, by using the SharkSmart app on their smartphone or by following the SharkSmart Twitter account. Whenever a new shark is registered, anyone using the app will get a notification. Thanks to this new way of shark attack prevention, local residents and tourists can enjoy a safe swim in the coastal waters of New South Wales.