- Few years before people can board the projected Bedford ferry, university students have already begun to develop their ideas.
Students from various programs around the Maritimes recently competed in the Ocean Of Data Challenge, where they used public data to create solutions for a future Bedford ferry. Jennifer LaPlante, executive director of the DeepSense program. Which co-hosted the contest, said, “We were searching for a way to talk about anything that would be visible to individuals about their daily lives.”
A research platform located at Dalhousie University assists enterprises in the maritime sector in understanding and explore artificial intelligence. The Centre co-hosted the Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship tournament in Dartmouth, and the final presentations took place on Nov. 9.
A $3 million study, funded by all three levels of government, was announced in June to plan for a new ferry also terminal building in Bedford.
Some designs looked at how and where charging stations for an electrically powered ferry could be installed at the Halifax and Mill Cove terminals. In contrast, others proposed towing a tracer device to track environmental impact or anticipated how road traffic would be affected.
Sea-nic, the overall winner, proposed installing a box on the ferry containing oceanographic sensors and measuring techniques. The daily data collected by the ferry would be displayed for the public and scientists, possibly via interactive panels on the ferry.
Shannon Myles, a team member and Dalhousie University biology student, said the model is standard in Europe but would be a 1st for the North Atlantic region.
People could watch how many passengers had boarded that week, as well as how many gas emissions were amassed on a weekly or monthly basis by leaving their car in favor of the ferry.
The team also predicted that the Bedford-Halifax ferry would reduce Bedford Highway traffic by 14.5%, with 2,848 daily riders and a $4.1 million annual revenue. Yuqing Yang, Fan Yang, and Arjun Gupta were also on the team. The new ferry from Mill Cove is expected to be operational by 2024, according to transit officials.
Source: CBC News
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