Otago Polytechnic
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Tackling the numbers

John Maxwell

A more efficient and cost-effective way of monitoring inshore fishing has been developed by a team of Bachelor of Information Technology students.

The students worked with the Ministry of Primary Industries to help eliminate the difficulties it faces when attempting to keep track of all inshore fishing, and devised Cameras on Boats.

“Traditionally, data is collected by hand on the boat using paper-based forms, and is occasionally verified by an observer,” explains team member, John Maxwell.

“The Cameras on Boats method of digital data collection employs a satellite and a camera system to gather the information. A process that once took four weeks now takes just one, resulting in up-to-date data for the Ministry to use as it makes decisions regarding New Zealand’s fishing future.

In their third year of study, Bachelor of Information Technology students work to solve real business problems for real clients in innovative and creative ways, harnessing the latest technological advancements.