Data analysis revealing illegal fishing wins hacking competition

Knowit is the winner of the Nordic Hack In SAS® Viya® competition with a project which detects irregular fishing patterns.

In a collaboration between Intel and SAS Institute, nine analytic teams from SAS partners have developed data analytic models to address topics from spread of infections and better cancer treatments to detection of icebergs on shipping routes and prediction of results at the World Cup in football.

A Pan-Nordic team of data analysts from Knowit has demonstrated that it is possible to create an algorithm that can help authorities pinpoint activities at sea which may involve illegal fishing. This project won the Hack In SAS® Viya® competition with the purpose of solving real-life issues they face in working with clients across industries and the public sector, with topics ranging from environment, education, shipping traffic, telecom, to manufacturing and healthcare.

”We are proud to get this recognition among our peers of the Nordic data science consultants “elite”, and I would like to encourage you to have a look at all the great examples on how machine learning and AI now effectively can help solving problems for our environment, society and businesses. This should help everyone to be increasingly optimistic about the future and how technology will support us,” says Ingvar Larsson, CEO Knowit Decision Oslo.

Accenture, Avarea, Capgemini, CGI, Forefront, Infotrek, Knowit, Nextbridge and Tieto competed using the cutting-edge tools from SAS Viya® which allows the teams to work with latest technology including machine learning and open source.

“We had a really strong field of competitors and it was an amazing showcase by Knowit. Through using open available data and methodology in an original and creative way, the project deploys necessary tools and knowledge in order to solve a problem that is crucial for us as a society to achieve a sustainable lifestyle and fair conditions for law-abiding businesses,” says Einar Halvorson, SAS Nordics director for alliances & channel.

“They put together a great team, using open available data and methodology in an original and creative way”, says Peter Lundqvist from SAS Institute, who served as an analytic coach to the competing teams.

To see the project descriptions and video presentation of the different competitors including the winner, go here.

For more information, please contact:

Gisela Östlund,  SAS Institute Sweden
+46 72-7249383 gisela.ostlund@sas.com

Kicki Björkvall, SAS Institute Sweden
+46 72-3541200 kicki.bjorkvall@sas.com

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