ARGO Sentinel is an application for the reporting of oil spills at sea. Within the European research project Argomarine (FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1-234096 “Argomarine-Automatic Oil–spill and geopositioning integrated in a marine information system”), coordinated by the Park Authority of the Tuscan Archipelago, the Signals and Images Laboratory (SI-LAB) of the Institute of Information Science and Technology of the National Research Council of Pisa has developed a Marine Information System (MIS) to monitor vessel traffic and oil spills in the sea of the Tuscan Archipelago and of the National Park of Zakynthos in Greece.
Integral part of of the MIS is the data that can be collected by volunteers who want to collaborate to monitor the health of the sea. To this aim a free application for smartphones (Android v2.2 or higher) with Geolocation System (GPS) was developed and it is downloadable by anyone at Google Play
Using Geolocation System (GPS) you can send reports of oil-spills to the National Research Council (CNR) in Pisa, specifying location, severity and description of the spill.
The following figure shows the main screen of the "ARGO Sentinel" mobile app.
In the app are present:
- a "Message" area: to enter a description of the sighting. Allows the user to provide a detailed description of the oily stain sighted, for any damage already caused and / or the context in which it is located;
- a "Red Alert" button: to report a severe oily spill with a diameter greater than or equal to 20 meters approx.;
- a "Yellow Alert button": to report a mild/medium oil spill with a diameter of less than 20 meters approx.;
- an "i" button: for information on how to use the app;
- an "exit" button: to close the app.
By clicking the red or yellow alarm buttons, the app sends an SMS message to Headquarters at the Signals and Images Laboratory of the CNR-ISTI in Pisa, which will treat the received data (the cost of SMS is charged to the user and depends on his rate plan activated).
When sending the message you can see the Latitude and Longitude of the exact place where you are, and you need to report to the competent authorities in case of major spills. The contact number in Italy is 1530: this number will be displayed when you sent a Red Alert.
Thank you for your cooperation on behalf of the whole Argomarine Project!
At the end of the project, if you want, writing the ARGO word in the message you will send using the app, you will be informed of the results of the trial and included in the list of project collaborators.
ARGO Sentinel is an app developed only for scientific purposes. The developers disclaim any responsibility arising from improper uses.