The average global consumption of fish products has grown by 3.2% per annum between 1961 and 2016, a number which has surpassed the growth rate of the population (1.6%) and the rate of growth of demand for meat (2.8%), according to a 2018 report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. These figures show that the demand for fish is still growing. And that demand is primarily for pisciculture. With the promotion of the IDB (Industrial Development Bureau) Smart City Development Project, there are now 200 companies across 8 major fields—including agriculture, security, and energy, who have devoted themselves to using emerging technologies to solve the many problems that confront us in our lives, according to a press release by Taiwan Smart City Development Project Office, Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan.
For instance, Quadlink Technology has presented its Smart Pisciculture Monitoring System—the Aquadlink solution, which has driven cooperation among both up and downstream providers on the supply chain in the use of technology and equipment that makes use of the cloud, big data, IoT, and AI. Providing IoT services through scientific data management, paired with continually updated big data databases and AI-based algorithms, the system can predict potential risks at fisheries, giving operators the power to prevent or reduce loss.
Aquadlink monitors water temperature, oxygen saturation levels, pH levels, ORP, salinity, and other data, through solar-powered wireless monitoring technology. The system is able to reduce electricity use by 60% or more, and is expected to raise output by at least 20%.