Atlan Space

Country
Morocco
Sustainable development goals
  • Life on land
  • Responsible consumption and production
Project link
www.atlanspace.com/

About the project

Atlan Space’s technology, developed by the Moroccan start-up Smarter Life Innovation, enables networks of aerial vehicles guided by artificial intelligence to scan large marine areas for environment threats.

More project information

Atlan Space’s technology, developed by the Moroccan start-up Smarter Life Innovation, enables networks of aerial vehicles guided by artificial intelligence to scan large marine areas for environment threats. Atlan Space was launched by Badr Idrissi (former Microsoft Account Executive with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering) and Younes Moumen (engineer and entrepreneur) at COP22 (which was held in Morocco) where it was awarded the Prize for Energy Efficiency from the Global Cleantech Innovation Program of UNIDO. Since then, the technology has also received the support of Microsoft ($120.000 grant from its BizPark Plus program) or the Moroccan Environment Ministry. The technology developed by Atlan Space is used for to fighting illegal fishing in West Africa. The company developed an artificial intelligence device that is installed on drones to enable them to determine the reason for the presence of a ship in territorial waters, whether it is fishing illegally or not, or whether it is a cruise ship, for example. Once the tool determines there is 99% chance that it is illegal fishing, the drone enters into action, either by alerting the local authorities, or by asking the ship to stop any illegal activity. 

This use of artificial intelligence by Atlan Space helps prevent illegal fishing and contributes to the struggle against un-sustainable consumption of natural resources. It therefore can be seen as a protection of life below water and a tool to foster responsible consumption and production.