Oeiras beaches (Santo Amaro and Torre) already have a giant surfboard with Altice Labs technology

28/07/2020     Brightfloats / Surf

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On the 22nd of July a giant surfboard was placed at Santo Amaro de Oeiras Beach and a few days later an equal one at Praia da Torre, to provide useful informations to vacationers.

Currently, in Europe, information on UV-B incidence for the public and the media, disseminated by public meteorological institutions, depends on sensors installed on satellites. The generated data is processed by mathematical models software to estimate UV-B radiation at ground level ("Eurosun" system). However, this information presents a considerable margin of error and inaccuracies. As a consequence, we have forecasts with the same UV-B incidence and at ground level, for large distances of territory, sometimes greater than countries.

Brightfloats developed the concept of using UV-B sensors at ground level and spaced 30 km apart, and Altice Labs developed the entire real-time and electronic communications system, in addition to the central data collection, processing and storage system.

The surfboards, with 3.70 meters high and visible from great distances, are placed at the entrance of the two referred beaches, providing information, through a colored e-paper screen, on the UV-B solar incidence, the tide time, environmental quality on the beach (water, sand and air) and heat and fire risk indices. It should be noted that these boards are completely autonomous in terms of energy, as the entire system was developed with extremely low energy consumption in mind, as it is powered only by solar energy and backup batteries. The information system on the level of UV-B is also innovative, fed in real time by a distributed network of state-of-the-art UV-B sensors, which are also autonomous in terms of energy.

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