How is a mobile app helping curb ocean pollution in the digital age?

Ocean pollution and its acuteness

Ocean pollution is a disheartening result of one of the most ruthless acts of humankind over nature. Every year humans are dumping 6,500,000 tonnes of plastics into oceans. The number is continuously growing and needless to say, it is amounting for about 80% of the constituents that comprise ocean pollution. It is causing a havoc in the marine environment and making life extremely difficult for the aquatic flora and fauna out there. It is a matter of great concern because one of the primitive ecosystems, prevailing on earth is continuously disrupted at an alarming rate. It is raising a lot of eyebrows but seldom is it seen that large-scale concrete efforts are made in their respective direction.

What is the core problem?

The ultimate problem of ocean pollution is resulting in significant effects on climate change. The increasing amount of waste is making life miserable for the aquatic life. The core problem is that garbage in the form of microplastics is being dumped into the ocean in abnormally high quantum due to fishing activity, industrial waste, and lack of proper disposal systems for the domestic waste. Plastic is a robust polymer that is here to exist on earth for over 400 years as it takes a longer cycle of biodegradation as a natural process.

Numerous effective ways of controlling them counteracts to different types of pollutions. But mobility of the microplastic waste in the ocean medium is causing an excellent inability for organizations and climate-sensitive individuals to work in that direction. Waves take micro plastic articles deep down the ocean and also to remote places ahead of the beaches and other points of ocean human interface. Microplastic items that reach far off places deep down the seas make life difficult for fishes. They get trapped in nets, and they also end up consuming plastic which becomes a potential reason for their death. It is also inducing the high level of risk of extinction for the endangered species, and the vulnerable ones quickly labeled as endangered.

How is the mobile app solving the problem of ocean pollution?

Building a mobile app

Smartphone has been the trend of the millennial generation. It would be wise to loop an extremely critical problem with the convenience of mobile for efficiently solving it. It is an undebatable fact that mobile phones and smartphone apps are capable of bringing new people in for more significant steps to world’s ocean pollution. People are generally very busy with their hectic lives and jam-packed schedules. Finding out time for a noble initiative is a challenge. Smartphones are significantly solving the problem and motivating numerous tourists, sailors, and fishers to indulge in this great movement. It is being led by National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and Department of Coastal Research who are carrying out the plastic index research in the Indian Ocean.

W2S Solutions feels honored to be a part of a noble initiative and expresses warm gratitude towards NIOT and Department of coastal research for finding the company worthy of this responsibility to carry out this project as a technical partner.

Location-based services (Manual & Auto)

The mobile application that counters ocean pollution is equipped with manual and auto fetched location services that help users geographically track the location of large chunks of microplastics in the ocean. It is a masterstroke in the direction of curbing ocean pollution, and a large amount of such data can help the researchers and people taking initiatives to clean up oceans, and find plastics easily. It will be a great leap against our races and against ocean pollution, if location services can be deployed for pinning the locations of substantial micro-plastic pollutants in the ocean.

Camera usage

It is a great mobile app that is allowing users to make the most out of their smartphones for contributing to controlling ocean pollution. Users are capable of clicking pictures of micro-plastic pollutants in the ocean at the target site, and upload in the app for building a more extensive database. It is one of the most efficient ways of documenting and analyzing the type, quantity, and rigidity of the microplastics in the ocean. A large amount of data in the form of visuals and locations can help technology enthusiasts perform artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques, for classifying and building new insights into the data. Moreover, having photographs of the target still comes with the challenge of the mobility of the pollutants within the ocean. But it might be easier for researchers and ocean cleanup projects to track the location in the vicinity.

Plastic indexing

Mobile app comes with a complete scientific background. It allows users to select the type and kind of plastic which they have come across in the Indian Ocean. While uploading pictures and reporting pollutants in the ocean, they can also select the types of plastic like PVC, bottles, wrappers, or anything else under the sun. There are numerous options for you to choose the appropriate ones.

Complaint management with proof of delivery

The mobile app is highly accountable and empowers a user to track the status of that ocean pollutant report through the app. All the records are carefully monitored and documented with a fertile dynamic database. It is accompanied by a convincing, comprehensive ‘proof of completion’ that have been removed from the ocean or accounted for a future target. It is one of the core differentiators which helps this mobile app stand apart from others. It is a byproduct of consistent innovation and a zeal to make a difference with technology by one of the leading mobile application development company in India.

Other solutions to control ocean solution?

There are many global-scale efforts initiated to curb ocean pollution. It is essential that people help larger organizations and nations to carry out their initiatives in a far more efficient manner. These days extensive global treaties are the ones involving efforts for ocean cleanup and curtailing ocean pollution overall. These include:

  • Actions by the United Nations, the signing of agreements
  • Global consensus management
  • Harmonious inter-country relationships over ocean pollution
  • Consistent innovation to counter ocean pollution

What is the way forward?

Technology has been impacting all aspects of life and the world ever since. Ocean pollution is no different. Now, it is the turn of blockchain-based global solutions for countries to become the parties and accounts of each other with universal carbon credits. They are earned by making considerable efforts in the direction of climate control and ocean pollution. These products are an example of ardent innovation, and they are still to hit the maturity curve.

Further, they can be expected to become sustainable solutions that have a more significant impact on improving the conditions of the environment. Apart from the efforts at the technology and global front, it is essential to understand that the basic civic sense is the utmost critical prerequisite for the environment to revive and improve. No initiative research or technological solution is enough if people are not supporting, welcoming and acknowledging it with proper efforts that are required to make it a success and make a difference in the environmental landscape.

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