Underwater images have laid bare a vast repository of information about marine life. The way these images are collected, processed, and interpreted has undeniably undergone a sea change. Unprecedented progress has been made on multiple fronts—from computer vision algorithms, settings, autonomous underwater monitoring system, and IoT platforms to name a few notable ones—expanding researchers’ capabilities in monitoring the marine environment. Rapidly evolving potential of next-gen imaging technologies has paved the way for modernization of deep-sea research and development, creating a wealth of opportunities in the underwater camera market.
Advances in Sensors, Microelectronics, and Computers Extending Canvas for Deep-sea Research
Emerging multi-sensor approaches have greatly inspired the applications of underwater camera in monitoring marine biodiversity. Unwater imagery has enriched human’s understanding of evaluating human impacts on marine ecosystems.
The need for long-term monitoring of a part or even entire marine ecosystems has emanated from the systematic management of diverse marine data. This pivots on the broader goal of sustainable management of marine biodiversity. Monitoring the effects and impact of human activities on habitats and species is essential for marine area protection and management of extractive activities.
Underwater cameras have been able to study wide range of marine habitats particularly fish and marine birds, increasingly in the Mediterranean. Underwater surveillance cameras have been helpful for marine biologists not just for monitoring fish populations but also analyzing them by simultaneously identifying and tacking the species. Access to supercomputing speed and approaches that leverage IoT platforms have been pivotal developments in the underwater camera market.
Advancements in sensors and microelectronics, and an assortment of state-of-the-art technologies have set the tone for using IOT-based marine environmental monitoring. The trend of commercialization of these technologies will shape the future of underwater camera market.
More than not, they are being aggressively pursued for coral reef monitoring and sea wave and current monitoring. There have been other commercial use cases of IoT-empowered systems that are equipped with next-gen underwater cameras, an example being use in water quality monitoring.
State-of-the-art Camera Tech for Underwater Robotics New Growth Frontier for AUV-IoT Platforms
Vision capacities of products in the underwater cameras have grown astoundingly. 3D acoustic cameras have been used in autonomous underwater monitoring system for shedding light on the life forms of the seabed. This stridently has expanded the horizon for marine geoscience and marine biodiversity mapping. AUV-IoT architecture is expected to open up new avenues in IP camera streaming, thus expanding room for product innovation in the underwater camera market. AUV-IoT platforms are likely to influence marketing strategy for underwater cameras.
There have been astonishing developments in autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) technologies, which has also raised the ante for stakeholders in marine tourism. Deeps learning algorithms and other applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in AUVs are expected to change the equation for proponents engaged in sustainable management of marine biodiversity.
Modernization of Underwater Cameras Expand Commercialization Avenues
Newer products in the underwater camera market are also looked with ebullience in law enforcement application. New opportunity for underwater camera is likely to emanate from the use of underwater remote-operated vehicles (ROV) in rescue operations. A recent case in point is cops in India announcing that they will soon adopt ROVs for rescue operations as a part of police modernization initiatives. The ROVs will notably be equipped with 4k Ultra HD camera. Advanced camera technologies. Other applications in the underwater camera market are now likely to fall in the realm of niche areas. Underwater cameras are being used in luxury boats such as in ultra-fast day boats by an Italian builder Canados Yachts.
Monitoring Marine Biodiversity At Scale: Where Future Application Areas Lie?
For more than a decade now, underwater cameras have been used to obtain long-term observational data in marine protected areas across habitats. For instance, a growing body of pilot studies emphasize on harnessing the capabilities of underwater cameras in studying protected species. In effect, promising areas of growth have emerged from key vendors in underwater camera market looking for government-funded programs in preserving seagrass meadows marine fauna of special interest, seahorse being an example, and large amounts of fan mussels. The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Spain have been supporting studies on protecting fan mussels in various coastal areas of the Mediterranean.