Monday, 06 May 2019 08:18

India: Holograms on Kerala fishing vessels to enhance coastal security

Technology is playing an ever greater role in the seafood industry both on land and at sea. Industry 4.0, IoT (internet of things), blockchain, cloud computing, robotics, and artificial intelligence, are among the terms being used today in connection with the seafood industry. Another technology, holography, used to produce holograms, devices widely used on credit cards to provide authenticity and prevent counterfeiting, is now being deployed to tackle illegal fishing in the Indian state of Kerala.

There, the Fisheries Department will install holographic registration plates (HRP) on 300 mechanised fishing vessels in view of emerging challenges to coastal security and for faster identification of vessels in case of mid-sea emergencies. Nine tenths of the total cost of INR6m (EUR80,000) will be borne by the state. The department is also considering adding GPS and GPRS capabilities to the new registration plates, which will enable the real time monitoring of sea-going vessels. A microchip with details of the vessel and its crew will also form part of the new system. Apart from increasing the security of legitimate fishermen, the registration plates will also make it easier to identify unregistered fishing vessels. The initiative was welcomed by the industry as a step towards greater security and better data collection.