Eyesea’s pollution tracking application will benefit from the partnership with Mapbox, a technology company which provides location data and mapping technology. The mobile app is designed to allow seafarers and volunteers to provide data and photographs of ocean debris.
The data is then processed by an artificial intelligence to identify where the pollution is and what it is, information which is passed on to Eyesea partners for the planning and execution of clean-up operations.
Mapbox’s technology and maps will enhance Eyesea’s app with high-quality, accurate and up-to-date mapping data, the companies said, which will make it easier for users to locate and document ocean pollution.
Mapbox technology is also used to make better visualisations of Eyesea data and create custom map styles to display the data.
Eyesea Founder Graeme Somerville-Ryan said: “The Mapbox platform is invaluable to our efforts to clean up the world’s oceans, coasts and waterways. Mapbox enables us to work with high-quality mapping data and custom visualizations, to record, identify and ultimately track ocean impact pollution more effectively. This will result in improved pollution management, more effective clean-up work, and the ability to better allocate resources in the fight against pollution and litter.”
“Mapbox has made an enormous difference to our capacity, and I am very grateful for their support. It’s amazing to see the impact when we combine the resources of the tech and maritime industries. No matter where you live this is a common problem, and we all have a role in developing a viable solution.”
Marena Smith, Manager of Social Impact at Mapbox, said: “Mapbox is proud to support Eyesea in their mission to map pollution and ultimately clean up the world’s oceans and waterways. Every day at Mapbox we see how innovators across all industries are applying our location technologies for positive change, and we applaud Eyesea for their leadership in the maritime industry.”
Eyesea said its mission is to use technology to make ocean impact and coastal pollution visible, and to ultimately eradicate it.