How does a person from Bilbao end up in Maó?
The Port Authority of the Balearic Islands (APB), in collaboration with the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), has launched a trial version of the Signals XXI mobile application, aimed at improving the marine hazard alert system and sending alerts through the mobile phone to those skippers whose course, speed and draught indicate to the platform an imminent risk of collision or incorrect anchoring.
These hazards are previously geolocated and reproduced in barometric planes or in 3D in the alert system. Much of the information has been collected using marine robots equipped with navigation sensors and optical and acoustic devices. The platform will also contain information on the community of sailors, professionals or authorities, enabling the triggering of hazard alerts never given before, such as for drifting obstacles.
The developers have worked for two years on its creation, and another year of tests, improvements and introduction of information is planned thanks to the collaboration of the port community itself.
Presence of Neptune grass (Posidonia oceanica)
Signals XXI has also implemented an alert software in potentially critical areas due to the presence of posidonia meadows in zone II of the APB ports (Palma, Alcúdia, Maó, Eivissa and La Savina).