artificial intelligence in drones protects marine ecosystems
2017 Award Winner - Badr Idrissi, MOROCCO
Badr Idrissi brings drone technology and artificial intelligence to Morocco to solve the problem of illegal fishing and to monitor coastlines. Atlan Space® uses a network of drones, piloted by the company’s patented artificial intelligence to crack down on illegal fishing, providing a boost to the fishing sector.
Badr says Atlan Space® allows customers, mainly governments and private policing companies, “to monitor very large ocean areas, analyze shipping traffic and take steps to protect marine ecosystems.” In Morocco, 65% of the population lives along the coast, and many are employed in the fishing sector. The industry generates billions of dollars in revenue each year. However, Badr says that “illegal fishing still accounts for 15% of catches in Morocco, destroying thousands of jobs and resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars.”
The Presidential Jury awarded Badr a $50,000 Innovation prize for his startup. About Badr and Atlan Space® they said, “This brilliant entrepreneur wants to fight crimes that affect our environment on a massive scale. Illegal fishing, poachers, and polluters. The basis of this company is a system of monitoring and geo- positioning that is placed on drones, a technology that has so far been mainly used for military purposes.”
With the support of government initiatives to protect the fishing industry along Morocco’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, Atlan Space® provides solutions for both public and private groups to protect vulnerable areas of the coast. The potential to scale Atlan Space® is limitless. In the future, Badr plans to move into other markets and sectors, creating more employment opportunities and cracking down on illegal activity.