LG Sound introduces satellite remote sensing technology in order to detect toxic algae blooms. Satellite remote sensing allows for detection of water quality from a distance with information obtained from satellites.
Together with several European universities we discovered that different types of algae require different types of ultrasonic treatment. Therefore, it is important to detect the type of algae before determining the right ultrasonic treatment program. Although conventional methods of identifying algal blooms from in situ point observations are accurate and reliable, they are limited in spatial and temporal coverage; satellite remote sensing has high spatial and temporal coverage and in combination with the in situ observation enables the long-term monitoring of algal blooms.
This new technology is integrated in the MPC-Buoy®. The MPC-Buoy® combines online water quality monitoring, web-based software and ultrasound technology to provide state-of-the-art treatment against algae in lakes, ponds and drinking water reservoirs. With the MPC-Buoy®, it is already possible to accurately detect algae species in a specific area. By integrating satellite removing sensing it is possible to generate a complete overview of a large water surface. Satellite remote sensing is thus a complementary technology to continuous online water quality monitoring.
CEO of LG Sound, Yousef Yousef, identifies satellite remote sensing as a promising technology in identifying algae blooms:
“By integrating satellite remote sensing, we are able to optimize our ultrasonic programs. This way, we offer our customers a highly effective treatment against algae. Furthermore, our customers receive monthly satellite images of their water body, which allows them to visually follow the water quality and the progress of the ultrasonic treatment”.