Shark Detector Pilot to Go Live in Southern California

Government Technology: A new, high-tech sonar shark-detecting system has been installed on the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.

The two-month pilot project is expected to go live the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 10, and will begin sending real-time alerts to lifeguards when sharks enter an “invisible net” area close to shore.

Originally created in Australia and the first of its kind in the United States, the “Clever Buoy” is intended to help lifeguards keep swimmers safe amid the surge in shark populations off the Southern California coast.

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