When Premier Stephen McNeil toured the Volta Labs startup house in Halifax last month, one company that seemed to catch his eye was SeaSmart, a new oceantech company based in Mahone Bay.
SeaSmart is the sort of company that oceantech proponents had in mind when they conceived of the supercluster. At the outset, its technology will improve the efficiency of a traditional industry — the East Coast lobster fishery. But as it grows, its founders believe it can use the data it collects to produce predictive analytics and it hopes to improve other industries, such as the crab fishery in Asia.
Led by CEO Mark Lowe, the SeaSmart team has developed “smart lobster traps” that contain sensors to tell whether lobsters have entered the trap. The system tells fishermen, while they are still on dry land, whether there is enough product in their traps to justify going out to sea to harvest them.
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