Rescue AI: Saving Lives at Sea

Eve Harrison
IMAGE: Zelim.

What’s Happening & Why This Matters

Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth. The startup Zelim, founded by the experienced sailor Sam Mayall in 2017, is making waves with its innovative AI-powered rescue technology. Partnering with Ocean Winds for trials off Portugal, Zelim aims to revolutionize search and rescue operations with its AI system, ZOE. ZOE can accurately detect individuals overboard in challenging conditions. This advancement couldn’t be timelier, as offshore industries expand and the number of workers at sea increases.

Meet The Guardian + ZOE

ZOE operates by analyzing footage from CCTV or drones to identify and track overboard persons, vessels, and other objects in real-time, even in stormy seas, boasting a remarkable 90% accuracy rate. The system’s ability to promptly signal an alarm upon detecting a person overboard offers a crucial safety net around offshore assets, ensuring rapid and efficient rescue operations.

Zelim’s pursuit of safety doesn’t stop at detection. The company is also developing an unmanned lifeboat, aptly named ‘the Guardian,’ capable of autonomous rescues. Designed to work hand-in-hand with the ZOE system, the Guardian can be launched from a mothership or stationed at offshore sites, ready to rescue up to nine individuals with an innovative conveyor belt system that retrieves people from the water in just 30 seconds.

Learn more about ZElim’s Mission to Save Lives. VIDEO: Zelim/Youtube.

Scaling Up for Broader Impact

The Swift conveyor system, integral to the Guardian’s design, is also being tested for compatibility with crewed lifeboats and larger vessels, indicating Zelim’s commitment to enhancing safety across various maritime contexts. Collaboration with offshore energy companies and extensive training of its AI models using over five million images from the US coast guard underscore Zelim’s thorough approach to perfecting its life-saving technology.

t/f Summary: What’s Next

Zelim’s AI and autonomous lifeboat innovations represent a significant leap forward in maritime safety, offering hope for a future where search and rescue operations are more efficient, less risky, and potentially more successful. As trials continue and partnerships like the one with Ocean Winds in Portugal help refine these technologies, the prospect of a fully remote-controlled system for offshore search and rescue becomes increasingly tangible. In an industry where every second can mean the difference between life and death, Zelim’s efforts could very well redefine what it means to provide a safety net on the open sea.

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By Eve Harrison “TF Gadget Guru”
Eve Harrison is a staff writer for TechFyle's TF Sources. With a background in consumer technology and digital marketing, Eve brings a unique perspective that balances technical expertise with user experience. She holds a degree in Information Technology and has spent several years working in digital marketing roles, focusing on tech products and services. Her experience gives her insights into consumer trends and the practical usability of tech gadgets.
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