Romanticism aside, fishing in stormy weather is quite easily one of the most dangerous professions in the world. Moreover, beyond any sheer sense of adventure, most fishermen go out into the tumultuous water just to make their livelihood. In such adverse conditions, personal safety against natural elements is of highest priority. And, that is exactly where Safe@Sea comes into the picture. A European Union funded project, this conscientious endeavor seeks to eliminate the threats presented to fishermen in such emergency situations.
Sea and oceans have always remained that expansive frontier savagely unconstrained from the sanctuary offered by civilizations. In regard to this, there are a range of technologies that deal with safety in water like GPS systems, distress signal transmitters and even engine killing mechanisms. However, most of them cannot be activated 'collectively' by an individual fisherman, especially when it comes to crunch scenarios (when humans are psychologically not prepared to react efficiently).
Taking all of these predicaments into account, the designers for Safe@Sea are on the process of developing an 'intelligent' suit that can easily pose a fisherman's clothing. About to make its debut next month, this ergonomic wearable set up has a slew of functions that could prove to be beneficial in adverse situations. For example, the advanced sturdy fabric used in the clothing will pertain to improved solutions for buoyancy, tear and puncture resistance along with head and hand protection. Furthermore, the suit will be imbibed with attributes such as giving thermal comfort (in freezing water), switching on the LED flashlight, stopping the boat’s engine or even sending a distress signal.
Most importantly, all of these can be activated without requiring any response from the person utilizing the suit. This 'autonomous' working system can deftly assist fishermen, when the pressure of the situation balefully affects the panicky mental state of the user.