Now beaches in West Australia will be equipped with drones which will monitor danger spots around the place and help in shark activity surveillance.
Starting a three month trial, the West Australia Fisheries ministry stated the program is part of the state government’s 33 million Australian dollars program namely Shark Hazard Mitigation strategy.
Briefing the details, WA state fisheries Minister Joe Francis said,” "Drone technology has advanced significantly in recent years and it makes sense to test if it can be used effectively to make our beaches safer.”
Under the plan, four drones with high-definition cameras will capture live images and source back to Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) operators located at regional beaches.
"The trial will assess whether this eye in the sky technology can add value to the beach surveillance currently provided by helicopter and beach patrols," said Francis.
Francis further explained that SLSWA will recognize the drone capability against natural factors, such as weather conditions and during beach events such as surf carnivals.
The trail run will commence from November 2016 to January 2017 and initial result will determine the decision on future funding.