Goa is India’s most sought-after beach destination. Fact. It’s visited by over 90 lakh tourists including 9 lakh foreign tourists, annually. So, it isn’t a surprise that the state is doing its best to ensure the safety of beachgoers as well as develop the infrastructure at the water bodies. Now, Goa is all set to make its beaches safer with trained dogs and AI-powered systems. Here’s how.
Goa To Introduce Paw Squad & AI-Powered System To Increase Safety On Its Beaches
According to a Hindustan Times report, Goa will soon introduce trained dogs to help coastguard spot and rescue people in distress. Dhristi Marine, a local agency in charge of life-saving operations in Goa, stated that the trained dogs also help locate missing children on beaches. The first-of-its-kind initiative in Asia, Dhrishti Marine, has a team of 11 dogs AKA ‘paw squad’ being trained for these rescue operations.
Safety and Security of Tourists is our Top Priority and in coordination with Drishti Marine we’re Cordoning Off Risk Prone Areas, Increasing Security Personnel on Beaches, Using Rescue Dogs and involving latest AI based technology to ensure Safety of Our Guests. pic.twitter.com/MnlPqw1D6D
— Rohan Khaunte (@RohanKhaunte) April 29, 2023
The spokesperson for this agency revealed to Hindustan Times that the dogs after their training can spot victims in distress and even rescue them at beaches. Canine expert Arjun Shawn Moitra is training the paw squad of 11 canines at high-density beaches in the coastal state. The tourism minister of Goa, Rohan Khaunte, lauded this initiative and also added that apart from dogs, two Artificial Intelligence platforms, Aurus and Triton will help lifesavers at Goa beaches.
AI-Powered Monitoring System On Pilot Basis
Currently, AI-powered platforms are getting the final touches. The spokesperson further stated that Aurus, a self-driving robot and Triton is the AI-powered monitoring system. Both Aurus and Triton can relay real-time information to coastguards and lifesavers after assessing the risks on the water bodies. Navin Awasthi, the Drishti Marine Operations, Manager revealed to Hindustan Times Aurus will be deployed at North Goa’s Miramar beach and Triton at Galgibag, Velsao, Benaulim and Baina beaches.
While these are pilot projects, the plan furthers with 10 Aurus units and 100 Triton units on the beaches of Goa. Folks, do you think with trained dogs and AI-powered systems Goa beaches will become safer for visitors?
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