Cabled observations are used in order to relay compromised data to scientists, particularly when located in remote parts of the ocean. They are ocean graphic research platforms which record still images or videos under water and are connected to the surface by undersea cables. By using these cables in comparison to sonar or radio frequency communications, cabled observations allow a persistent study of underwater. A single cable can support multiple observation sites and can then provide data in 2D or 3D at the surface. However, there are some major drawbacks to this method. Large quantities of information (images and video content) have to be stored and analysed in order to find the information scientists require.
To help overcome this, a group of researchers in DCU’s Water Institute in collaboration with Insight, Centre for data Analytics and other universities in Ireland are carrying out a project on how to filter the information which is required in different scenarios. The project is titled: Understanding underwater video content, investigating object detection and recognition for the Smart Bay camera platform. The project is being carried out on the Smart Bay cabled observatory in Galway Bay.