The Company is pleased to announce that innovative marine apparel brand, SlipIns, have signed on as a Licensee of our Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) visual technology. Based in Newport Beach, California, partners Robin Chesnie and Rick Rickman have been designing and producing a range of Dive & Surf Skins since 2013. Made from durable lycra, SlipsIns will produce a Diveskin incorporating the SAMS ‘Elude’ cryptic Dive pattern, designed to hide the wearer in the water column. Perfect for diving and snorkelling safely in warm and tropical waters. SlipIns join Radiator Wetsuits and arena as brands adopting SAMS visual technology.
The City of Newport Beach has formally approved the pilot deployment of the Company’s Clever Buoy Technology at Balboa Beach Pier in the city of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.
This follows the support of United States Federal Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for a pilot project involving Shark Mitigation Systems’ technology, announced by the Company in September 2017. The pilot installation of the Company’s Clever Buoy shark detection system underpins the pilot program for a proposed rollout of the Clever Buoy shark detection system in southern California.
Balboa Pier Beach is a high profile and popular beach in Newport City. The Company originally proposed to conduct the deployment at Corona Del Mar Beach, the next beach south of Balboa, because of the recent near fatal shark attack at this location. The Balboa Pier Beach is also the location of Newport’s largest Junior Lifeguard program and provides a significant platform for the Company to showcase the broader ranges of data and information now available from the Clever Buoy systems, including the fully integrated mobile application providing individual beach information.
Smart Marine Systems Ltd in collaboration with Professor Nathan Hart of Macquarie University and several research agencies has been trialling the effect of specific visual cues on the behaviour of predatory sharks.
Preliminary results have demonstrated 100% effectiveness of deterring an engagement with sharks in a scientifically valid trial procedure undertaken in South Africa over the past two years by Macquarie University.
Smart Marine Systems Ltd has an exclusive option to commercialise the findings of this research, which has significant applications across the surfboard, canoe, kayaking and watercraft industries.
The research is based on the integration of specific patterns and brightness of lights on the underside of seal decoys that are towed through known shark populations in the eastern cape region of South Africa.
Nathan Hart from Macquarie University. "From two years of testing near Mossel Bay in South Africa with white sharks we have received a 100% success rate with the particular illumination technique developed."
In the final year of the project the objective is to finalise the light characteristics and configuration that will be the core of the technology. With rapidly evolving technology in small batteries for their power and weight, this creates a significant market opportunity to produce a simple and cost effective shark mitigation solution across all water craft.
"We are super excited by this breakthrough development. The visual systems of sharks are a really important sense that we know they utilise in close proximity to their prey and this technology provides a non-invasive means to mitigate a potential shark attack with a high level of success."
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For the safety of all swimmers and surfers in California, we’re planning to install a pilot Clever Buoy system at Corona Del Mar, the site of a serious but non-fatal attack on Maria Korcsmaros in May 2016. The installation will demonstrate the effectiveness of the system in detecting and alerting the presence of sharks and ensure that it passes the strong California environmental regulations.
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Shark Mitigation Systems Ltd. (ASX:SM8) has officially changed its name to Smart Marine Systems Ltd.
The name change reflects the company’s ongoing diversification of its marine technology products, which include Clever Buoy, Seabin and SAMS visual technology.
Managing Director Craig Anderson says the new name reflects the company’s future direction. “It fits better with where we’re going as a business, it makes a lot of sense and it also opens up a lot of new opportunities,” he said yesterday.
The company’s Clever Buoy shark detection system, which uses sonar technology to create a virtual net to detect sharks and alert authorities and beach users, is now being adapted for environmental monitoring and communication uses. Clever Buoy has also been endorsed by Southern Californian congressmen as part of a $10 million shark management proposal along a number of Orange County beaches. The diversification and global expansion of this technology leads into a promising 2018 and beyond for this division of Smart Marine Systems.
Smart Marine Systems also has a significant interest in the Seabin Project — an autonomous ocean cleaning device that floats in marinas catching plastic, fishing lines and oil, and filtering out clean water. The market-entry of Seabin products has been met with unprecendented global demand for the initial production run of Seabins, which will result in at least 250 tons of marine debris to be diverted away from the ocean in 2018.
The company’s SAMS visual technology has also seen advancements leading into 2018 with the announcement of an online consumer interface, which allows customers to purchase SAMS visual technology products directly from the company website. Wholesale demand has also increased with the rise of ocean-users as the Australian summer sets in, whilst the company expands efforts into a global uptake of licensees and distributors of the board-inlays and wetsuit products.
The name change to Smart Marine Systems allows the company to continually diversify and take up new opportunities for its three separate divisions of technology, as they gear up for marked expansion and global exposure in the new year.
News Article Reference: - The West Australian
Shark Mitigation Systems Ltd (ASX:SM8) has received support from U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher for the installation of the company's Clever Buoy shark detection system in Orange County, California.
This will be the precursor to a US$10 million shark management proposal including the deployment of Clever Buoys at a further six Orange County beaches. The initial deployment will be underpinned by a Federal, State and County funding collaboration.
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Official Release: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
Investor News: Proactive Investors
Investor News: Finfeed
Business News WA
Marine grade vinyl stickers using Shark Mitigation System’s patented SAMS technology are now available in major retail surf outlets for surfboards, bodyboards and stand up paddle boards.
The company is currently fulfilling initial pre-sale orders and accelerating production to meet expected demand for in-store products to over 200 retail surf stores in California. Fibreglass inlays will also be available in-store and customers will be able to purchase the SAMS product for incorporation into new surf craft made by their selected manufacturer.
Following the immediate summer rollout in California, Shark Mitigation Systems will focus on the forthcoming spring in Australia, which is historically the peak period of shark incidents in the Oceania region.
In the coming weeks, Shark Mitigation Systems will also launch a global online store in which customers can directly purchase the Company’s products.
Shark Mitigation Systems General Manager, Simon O’Sullivan:
“We are very excited to be able to provide a direct-to-market option for our SAMS technology. With an estimated global market of more than 20 million surfers, 6 million body boarders and the expanding segment of nearly 3 million stand up paddlers, the opportunity for a low-cost application to potentially reduce the chance of a negative shark interaction is enormous.”
“We have received strong interest for the product from those areas that have seen an increase in shark activity, particularly California, Florida, Hawaii and Australia.”
“As well as getting SAMS products into stores in California, the Company has also commenced an integrated online marketing campaign to assist in driving global sales for the Company’s in-store and e-commerce strategy.”
SMS has entered a manufacturing licence with Southern Californian production company, Boardlams.
Boardlams has perfected the printing of images onto specialist materials used in the manufacturing process of watercraft, such as surfboards. This includes printing onto rice paper and fibreglass cloth for incorporation into new water craft, and to vinyl stickers for new and used applications. The manufacturing license agreement will see Shark Mitigation Systems’ SAMS visual technology sold into the US market using Boardlams’ highly respected product and long- standing reputation globally.
Boardlams boasts a number of high-profile brands as its clients, producing quality graphics for customers such as Channel Islands Surfboards, Lost Surfboards by Mayhem, and Rusty Surfboards.
The product also has direct application to bodyboards as well as stand up paddleboards (SUPs), a fast growing industry.
SMS Co-Founder Craig Anderson: “We are very excited to have partnered with the team at Boardlams as we aim to drive sales of SAMS visual technology products to business and retail consumers globally. With an estimated 1.75 million surfers in the US alone, and more than 20 million surfers world-wide, plus applications in other water sports such as body boarding and stand up paddling, we look forward to seeing our visual technology applied to the various products of globally recognised brands.”
SMS held an Open Day at City Beach to allow attendees to view the Clever Buoy shark detection and alert system in action.
Using advanced sonar technology, the system is able to detect sharks (both tagged and untagged) and then sends an alert back to shore once a shark is detected. This includes critical information about the shark and its location.
Special monitors were set up on the beach during Open Day to allow visitors to watch the technology in operation. The Clever Buoy system provides an alternative to shark culling and nets.
Here's a few pics from the day.
The Clever Buoy shark detection sonar system was recently deployed at City Beach as part of a 3 month trial.
During the trial period, the Clever Buoy detected 28 sharks which led to the beach being closed 19 times. Without further direction from the government at this stage, the buoys will be pulled from the water.
Read full article in The West Australian here