Maco is a robotic sensory detection fish.

Created by the MAAKHaarlem team, during a 3 day Makathon organized by PWN & Rijkswaterstaat called Plastic free rivers #pfr2016 @plasticfreerivers
The MAAKHaarlem team consists of the following companies: DOTX Controls, Haarlem Venture LAB and ABID | alexander bannink industrial design. DOTX Controls is responsible for the electronics and technical detailing of MACO, Haarlem Venture Lab created the business case and ABID developed the concept, design, 3D model and 3D SLA printed parts.

By making use of “cheap” electronics and sensors MACO can detect microplastics, chemical and biological pollution in rivers and the oceans.  By creating a shoal of robotic detection fish (MACO’S) we can even detect the source of the pollution and therefore make the polluter accountable! The shoal of robotic fish is in constant communication with each other and will act as one organism… just imagine this shoal of robotic fish swimming through the water and along side your boat like dolphins. In a blink of an eye they will split up and regroup under water in search for microplastics, chemicals that don’t belong in the water and other abnormalities that can be detected by use of sensors or camera systems in combination with a artificial intelligence algorithm.
After finding a polluted area the fish will pin point this by use of GPS and by observing it by staying inside the area they found… in this way they can help cleaning vessels of Rijkswaterstaat locate the pollution so they can clean it up.

MACO stands for Measure | Analyse | Clean | Observe and is a multifunctional submersible platform that can fulfill several tasks.
It can help Rijkswaterstaat detect in realtime, chemical dumps and identify the polluter.

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Please do check this nice story on MACO by “de verhalenmakers”:


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