Sustainable Coastlines co-founder Camden Howitt says that Microsoft’s data visualisation tool, Power BI, will allow the data collected from volunteers and the general public to be visualised and presented in ways that will offer new insights into the effort to clean our coastlines.
“This will help schools, community groups and businesses to view and make sense of the data and trends from a local perspective, empowering them to undertake their own litter-reduction projects in their communities,” says Howitt. Based on Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing platform, Cognitive Services allows organisations of all sizes to tap into powerful tools spanning computer vision, speech, text analytics, knowledge mapping and search applications.
Images of beach detritus analysed by Microsoft’s powerful algorithms could help researchers identify the litter types that are most impactful to marine life.
“This is a fantastic example of how our Cognitive Services suite is being used for good – in this case, delivering large-scale, grass roots solutions to our growing litter problem in New Zealand,” says Microsoft’s Chief Technology Officer, Russell Craig.
“What’s also great is that the initiative is being harnessed as a powerful education instrument for schools.”
With the support of the Ministry for the Environment, the national litter database debuts alongside an education approach that includes a new curriculum-aligned behaviour change programme that aims to curb single-use plastic consumption and reduce litter.
All of the data collected will be made freely available to the public, allowing everyone to share in the effort to prevent litter from polluting our beautiful beaches and waterways.
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