Shark Mitigation Systems Limited will install its Clever Buoy shark detection system at Perth’s City Beach, providing a greater level of protection from the threat of shark attacks this summer.
The Clever Buoy will be installed between the groynes at the beach, and will operate for a trial period up to March 31, 2017.
The deployment is aimed at providing the various State agencies with an opportunity to assess the system’s effectiveness in local conditions, its ability to be integrated into existing operations, and potential suitability for use at other sites along the Western Australian coastline.
Clever Buoy is a non-invasive, early warning shark detection system which detects shark activity and communicates this information to the appropriate authorities including lifeguards on the beach.
The system was successfully trialled at Bondi Beach earlier this year, and has since been formally endorsed by the Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to showcase our locally developed technology in our own backyard, following significant exposure nationally and internationally,” said managing director Craig Anderson.
“Western Australia is leading the world in shark management initiatives, and we are confident Clever Buoy will integrate well with the State Government’s current shark management strategy. The Clever Buoy system will provide authorities with another layer of protection for beach users.”
In addition to the Clever Buoy detection system, the company has developed a visual deterrent technology, typically applied to wetsuits and surfboards. The company listed on the ASX in May 2016.