Singapore's Innovative Approach to Water Quality
by kevin on April 16, 2018 - 4:31pm
In the article “Singapore Deploys Robot Swans to Monitor Pollution and Look Serene While Doing So” the writer presents a new innovative tactic the Singapore government has put into effect to test water quality. Peter Dockrill, the author of the article iterates how ultimately, the goal of the swan is to oversee the quality of their water bodies while being environmentally friendly and not disrupting species living in the water being analyzed. Dockrill mentions how amidst blending in seamlessly, the swanbots are also a more affordable option when testing water samples. The concept of swanbots were finalized in 2014, consequently that being the same year prototypes were deployed to judge the adaptability and efficiency of the product. Further, swanbots are integrated with a navigation system in order to assess different areas of water and better the results. In fact, the author states how each individual “[unit is] capable of measuring pH, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity levels in the water, wirelessly uploading data to the cloud as they go”.
In my opinion, seeing as Singapore is among the countries with the highest quality drinking water, standards set by the EPH (Environmental Public Health), it suggests how even countries with relatively high quality water attempt to find the newest technologies in freshwater monitoring. Obstacles that come to mind are aquatic species interfering with the machine perhaps trying to break it because volant animals don't have the power to break sturdy machinery such as the robots. I believe that for countries assessing water quality with a constrained budget, using technology like the robot swan could allow for an affordable solution. Still, though, as the author mentioned technologies such as this can flourish when multiple countries interact with one another conserving the data saved on each individual unit.
Peter Dockrill. “Singapore Deploys Robot Swans to Monitor Pollution and Look Serene While Doing So.” Science Alert, 20 July 2015, https://www.sciencealert.com/singapore-deploys-robot-swans-to-monitor-pollution-and-look-serene-while-doing-so. Accessed 16 April 2018.