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City Officials Unveil ‘AquaEye’ Tool to Reduce Search Times for Lifeguards

City Officials Unveil ‘AquaEye’ Tool to Reduce Search Times for Lifeguards

Nov 22, 2023 – San Diego City Councilman Joe LaCava and San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell Wednesday officially unveiled two “AquaEyes,” a technology used to assist in underwater searches.

The new equipment is expected to decrease underwater search times for San Diego lifeguards.

“Council member LaCava spearheaded the provision of cutting-edge AquaEye equipment for San Diego lifeguards,” Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell said. “Upon learning about a generous community member willing to match city funds, Council member LaCava proactively directed D1 CPPS funds toward the purchase.”

“We now have acquired two AquaEyes, which will save personnel time and fatigue during underwater searches, particularly when compared to conventional search methods in certain incidents,” he said….

VodaSafe Wins Top Prize in TELUS #StandWithOwners Program for AquaEye Sonar Device

VodaSafe Wins Top Prize in TELUS #StandWithOwners Program for AquaEye Sonar Device

TELUS has announced the five grand prize winners of this year’s #StandWithOwners program.

From thousands of applications, the #StandWithOwners program officially announced 20 finalists on September 27th, of which five were selected by a panel of judges to receive the grand prize valued at over $125,000.

Among the five winners was Vancouver’s VodaSafe and founder Carlyn Loncaric.

Vodasafe makes a hand-held sonar device called AquaEye that uses AI to quickly locate people underwater, revolutionizing the way rescuers do their job…

Vancouver woman creates new AI underwater lifesaving technology

Vancouver woman creates new AI underwater lifesaving technology

Carlyn Loncaric is being recognized for creating AquaEye, a new technology used to help locate people underwater.

Her tool appears to be the first hand-held sonar device that uses artificial intelligence to find people underwater. It decreases search times by 87 per cent.

“You put it under the water, you pull the trigger and you can scan the area of a football field in less than two minutes,” said Loncaric, who is from Vancouver.

The tool can revolutionize the work done by rescuers…

Newaygo County deputies receive AI device for search and rescue team

Newaygo County deputies receive AI device for search and rescue team

NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. — Newaygo County deputies were gifted AI technology that will assist in search-and-rescue operations.

“With AQUAEYE, rescuers can identify victims for the first time within seconds of being submerged underwater,” says Sheriff Bob Mendham. “This change in tactics can also have a positive impact on the safety of our dive team. The fewer the dive team members entering the water, the safer our team will be.”…

VodaSafe’s AquaEye: Revolutionizing Underwater Search and Rescue Operations

VodaSafe’s AquaEye: Revolutionizing Underwater Search and Rescue Operations

The underwater search and rescue operations has witnessed a ground-breaking advancement with VodaSafe’s AquaEye technology, catapulting the British Columbia-based company into the spotlight. Using advanced sonar technology, AquaEye emits sound waves into the water, which then bounce off objects and return as echoes. The device’s artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms analyze these echoes to detect and identify potential targets. With its recent successful rescue mission in Indonesia…

New Equipment Could Help Rescue Teams Find Bodies Underwater

New Equipment Could Help Rescue Teams Find Bodies Underwater

LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – A new piece of technology could help rescue teams find bodies underwater. On Wednesday morning, local agencies got a firsthand look at equipment—that makes it easier to see underwater.

Search and rescue teams have all experienced long days in the water searching for a missing person who could be at the bottom of a lake or river now a new piece of technology could shorten the amount of time teams are having to search. The aqua eye is a handheld device that uses sonar and artificial intelligence to spot objects in the water that could be a person.

Lifeguards Want ‘Eyes’ Below the Surface

Lifeguards Want ‘Eyes’ Below the Surface

The next wave of ocean-rescue technology is here, and the Hampton Lifeguard Association is raising money to get it into the hands of town and village lifeguards.

Called AquaEye, the handheld device uses sonar to create a sweeping 180-degree image of what’s below the surface of the water, up to 50 meters out.

VodaSafe and AquaEye’s Erik Wolfe joins Jamie Coutts and Brent Paquette on the Growing Up Fire Podcast to talk about the challenges of water rescue.

VodaSafe and AquaEye’s Erik Wolfe joins Jamie Coutts and Brent Paquette on the Growing Up Fire Podcast to talk about the challenges of water rescue.

VodaSafe Director of Sales and Marketing Erik Wolfe joined Jamie Coutts on the Growing Up Fire Podcast and the episode is now live!
Have a listen as they talk about the challenges presented by water and ice rescue, and how technology can play a role in keeping the public and team members safe. Joining them to chat was AquaEye customer Brent Paquette.

You can listen in-app wherever you get your podcasts, or at the link.

VodaSafe qualifies for the finals of the Oddlum Brown Forum Pitch

VodaSafe qualifies for the finals of the Oddlum Brown Forum Pitch

Meet the the 3 Finalists who will each win a $30,000 CAD prize package to fund their business visions!
The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch program continues to evolve to more explicitly help women entrepreneurs harness both the intangible and tangible types of capital that lead to thriving businesses. We want to acknowledge these different types of capitals and support with more depth this year.