June 7, 2023
Israel's GoSmart uses AI to take fish farm feed efficiency to next level
Israeli aquaculture technology start-up GoSmart is leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) powered by NVIDIA's Jetson platform to improve fish farm feed efficiency.
"Managing the right levels of fish feed saves a lot of money for the farmers and reduces organic matter from excessive debris in the aqua environment," said GoSmart co-founder and chief executive officer Josef Melchner in a release.
GoSmart's system is fully autonomous and can be attached to aquaculture cages, ponds, or tanks, according to the company's release. The system, powered by the NVIDIA Jetson platform – a set of small-form-factor modules compatible with NVIDIA's AI platforms – analyses the weight and population distribution of fish, along with temperature and oxygen levels. The information is then fed in real-time to farmers to help determine the optimum time to feed and harvest fish, and to give an update on the health and welfare of the fish being farmed.
The GoSmart system uses lithium-ion batteries charged via solar panels and each module is equipped with power-management software, enabling it to autonomously enter sleep mode, shut down, wake up and conduct its work while managing its power needs.
GoSmart is member of the NVIDIA Metropolis application framework – a set of tools that NVIDIA said brings visual data and AI together to improve operational efficiency. Melchner said the company chose NVIDIA Jetson specifically due to its small form-factor and affordability, and that it is currently training its systems to analyse fish behavior.
By using AI, GoSmart said the company can run multiple AI algorithms in parallel allowing a number of different characteristics to be analysed simultaneously to create a more complete picture of fish health. The AI is currently being trained, with the initial step involving manually inputting data for thousands of fish.
According to Melchner, GoSmart could potentially help fish farmers reduce the amount of fish feed they need by up to 15%. It can also help aquaculture operators shorten fish growth-time by optimising feed regimes for fish health.
Melchner said Go Smart hopes to expand its systems into a complete feeding solution, including a fully integrated autonomous feeding barge that could give fish the exact amount of food they need, when they need it, without the need for close human observation of the fish farm.