A computer engineer from Scottish Sea Farms received an award for his innovative fish counting application.
David Lipcsey was named Digital Professional of the Year at the 2021 Herald Digital Transformation Awards, after using his programming skills to create software to help count fish entering the processing and packaging facility’s harvesting station. SSF in Scalloway, Shetland, where he was working as a supervisor
The app allows the transformation team to adjust flow when needed to minimize stress and maximize animal welfare.
Lipcsey said: “It is a real honor to be named Digital Professional of the Year. When I first came up with the idea, I never thought it would gain traction so quickly. It’s great to see the software being used on a daily basis and to be rewarded for it. Such appreciation really provides motivation to move forward with new ideas.
He programmed software capable of capturing images of the stream of fish by “listening” to signals from the harvesting system.
The application sends this data back to the well vessel. The skipper can see on a tablet exactly how many fish are entering the harvesting station at any given time and increase or decrease the flow as necessary to ensure a smooth flow, minimize stress and further improve the welfare of the farmed fish. .
Having since transferred to the company’s IT team, Lipcsey is now adapting the technology into a product that covers even more aspects of processing.
The awards, held in association with Digital World, were announced at an online ceremony on November 4, 2021.
Scottish Sea Farms IT Director David Anderson said: “I am delighted that David has won this award. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for him and recognition for the project he worked hard to achieve.
“David joined our team last year and during that time has proven to be a motivated professional, developing and delivering digital solutions across the business. “