Aquabyte provides a fully integrated software platform for the aquaculture industry. The platform utilizes computer vision, machine learning, IoT (Internet of Things) and other innovative technologies to improve fish farming efficiency, and includes multiple features such as feeding optimization, biomass estimation, appetite detection, sea lice recognition and counting, etc.
Aquabyte is able to collect vast amounts of data over extensive time periods. A tool like Clarify can be a perfect augmentation for this platform, allowing fish farms and various aquaculture industry organizations to easily organize this data and use it for research, business analytics and other purposes.
Aquabyte is a venture-backed company founded in 2017 by Bryton Shang, a Princeton graduate and current CEO, with a goal to create an advanced technological solution that would allow to improve the effectiveness of fish farming and reduce global overfishing problems. The company has offices in the United States (San Francisco) and Norway.
According to Shang, the idea to apply machine learning and other AI-related technologies came from an increased demand for fish farming and growing concerns about overfishing. Today, over 50% of the seafood consumed globally is commercially farmed, while aquaculture is considered to be one of the fastest growing sectors of food production on the planet. In 2018, Forbes listed Aquabyte as one of 25 most innovative agricultural technology startups.
Aquabyte’s fish farm monitoring platform utilizes smart IoT-connected cameras that are used to take pictures of fish in fish pens. The platform then uses computer vision and machine learning-based algorithms to analyze the images taken by cameras, providing the management of fish farms with real-time information, which includes insights into the health of the fish, its weight and other aspects crucial to farming.
Aquabyte positions its platform as a next-gen fish farm monitoring product that is easy to install and integrate with third-party software systems. The solution provides 24/7 monitoring and can be customized for multiple different applications in the aquaculture industry.
Some of Aquabyte’s most notable features are advanced sea lice recognition and counting, biomass estimation and distribution projections, fish appetite detection for better feed conversion and waste reduction, as well as automatic feed amounts calculation based on fish size and activity.
Another distinctive feature of Aquabyte is simple installation: in order to implement the system, only the installation of a camera in a fish farm net pen is required.