Panama, January 30, 2020. Wisy is part of the team awarded by the Benioff Ocean Initiative and the Coca-Cola Foundation to develop and implement an innovative project to mitigate the problem of plastic in the Matías Hernández River. The team is led by the Marea Verde Association, a non-profit organization that takes action and raises awareness about solid waste pollution in the rivers and coasts of Panama.
The global initiative seeks to capture plastic waste in rivers before they reach the sea and the Marea Verde team was the first of nine selected worldwide. The proposal was selected for its creativity in terms of innovation, technology, community outreach, and the interdisciplinary nature of its professional team.
The project includes the use of the “Mr. Trashwheel”, which key parts, a water wheel and conveyor belts, will be designed and built to collect trash more efficiently and constantly than is currently trapped by the BoB (Barrier or Trash) in the Matías Hernández river of this City.
Wisy’s participation consists of the use of its artificial intelligence platform to process garbage data in real time, while the Technological University of Panama together with Panamanian scientists Daniel Suman and Ana Spalding will participate in the research component.
Wisy CEO and co-founder Min Chen said: “We are proud to be a part of this project led by Marea Verde, in which our platform will be used to process real-time data powered by artificial intelligence. Our thanks to Benioff Ocean Initiative and the Coca-Cola Foundation. “
“We are excited about this opportunity provided by the Benioff Ocean Initiative and the Coca-Cola Foundation to generate data and best practices that allow us to help mitigate the challenge of marine litter,” said Mirei Endara, co-founder of Marea Verde. “We are confident that we will learn and strengthen ourselves with the other eight projects that will establish devices in other rivers of the world, and that together we will move towards a world with less waste in the sea.” The other eight projects will be established in Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Ecuador, Mexico, Thailand, Jamaica and Kenya.
With this project, Wisy continues its commitment to develop and implement artificial intelligence to address the challenges related to resilient cities and empowered citizens. Chen added that at Wisy “We are convinced that technology should be used to help solve the great challenges facing society today.”