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In Progress

Priority Areas

  • Water Quality

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1 billion


people depend on reefs for food

50%


decline in coral cover has been seen on the Great Barrier Reef in the past 30 years

70,000


jobs rely on the Great Barrier Reef

This ‘Swiss army knife’-style robo reef protector, the RangerBot Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, will provide reef managers, researchers and community groups extra ‘hands and eyes’ in the water to:

  • control pests like the Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish,
  • monitor reef health indicators like coral bleaching and water quality, and
  • map expansive underwater areas at scales not previously possible.

This will all be done through an innovative vision-based technological tool unlike current manual, expensive acoustics-based, single-purpose solutions. 

Over a year, the project will take a quantum technology leap to create the only fully autonomous, affordable, multi-function solution for effectively detecting and addressing threats to coral reefs.

The project will make RangerBot widely available and accessible to reef communities worldwide.

a quantum technology leap

RangerBot

RangerBot

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RangerBot

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