Danes take technology to next level

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DANISH aquaculture businesses are collaborating in an initiative to improve the use of new technology in the industry.
A project under the umbrella of the Danish Green Development and Demonstration Programme (GUDP) aims to develop an advanced tool that can gather and process data from stakeholders throughout the sector, including suppliers and fish farmers, in a shared, cloud based database.
The project is led by OxyGuard International and builds on contributions from many of the most innovative companies in Danish aquaculture, such as BioMar, Danish Salmon, AquaPri, Danaqua, Aller Aqua, Kongeåens Dambrug, DTU-Aqua, University of Copenhagen.
For data processing, the software will build on technologies such as big data, internet of things and machine learning, according to a press release from BioMar.
This will lead to enhanced husbandry in the farms and optimised usage of feed and oxygen, among other advantages, and will help reduce the environmental impact of aquaculture.
Paw Petersen, managing director of Oxyguard International, said: ‘The GUDP project aims at combining IT and aquaculture to develop smart, easy-to-deploy, user friendly tools that can lead to a new era of connected, responsible and efficient, and thus, sustainable aquaculture.’
Ole Christensen, vice president of BioMar’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) division, said: ‘For BioMar, the aim is to help our customers to become more efficient and more sustainable in an economically viable way.
‘Our participation in projects of this kind helps us deliver on our strategy of innovating for a sustainable aquaculture for today, and tomorrow.’