A delegation on behalf of the internet giant Google came to Iceland last week at the invitation of the Presidential Office to look into the basis for collaboration on an online system for surveillance of fishing in the world’s oceans.
Fishing in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
The delegation met President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, representatives of various Icelandic companies from the fields of IT and fisheries and responsible institutions, including the Icelandic Marine Research Institution and the Icelandic Maritime Administration, Morgunblaðið reports.
“They are familiarizing themselves with Icelandic technology. We presented to them the institution’s website ‘Weather and Seastate’, which provides information on weather, wave conditions and ocean level, for example,” said Þórhildur Elín Elínardóttir, information officer of the Maritime Administration.
“We also told them about the automatic identification system of ships and the mustering system of seafarers,” she added.
Jóhann Sigurjónsson, director of the Marine Research Institute, declared Google’s technological development to be incredible. “We were comparing our technology and it was interesting to discuss it with people from Google, who are leading in this field.”
“We are interested in examining it more closely and assume that we can make something out of it,” Jóhann added. The conclusion of the visit was to lay a basis for a collaborative strategy in the coming months.
The Google delegation comprised Michael T. Jones, one of the authors of Google Earth, director of production Jennifer Austin Foulkes and spokesperson for technological issues Dr. Kurt Schwehr.
Ólafur Ragnar wooed them at a conference held by the Economist in Singapore in February.
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