World Environment Day: Delivering research from the Oceans


Posted on: June 5, 2018 by Frédéric Harbuta

Did you know that about 70 percent of our planet's entire supply of oxygen is a waste product created by marine-dwelling plankton? Just one type of plankton is most likely responsible for one of every five breaths we take according to National Geographic. Our oceans are incredibly important to us all. Educating ourselves and others about them will help us to sustain and protect them.

On World Environment Day, we want to talk about Under the Pole polar expedition, a mission supported by Explore, the private funding organization created in 2013 by the explorer Roland Jourdain, in order to develop exploration projects combining science, innovation and awareness and responding to major environmental issues. We at Worldline are very proud to accompany the mission as digital partner for their Under the Pole polar III expedition.

From 2017 to 2020, a team of divers and scientists will sail around the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, exploring the ecosystems of the Twilight Zone at all latitudes. They will be sharing their research and findings with scientific communities across the globe and with the public, to educate us all.

Our goal is to help them archive, secure, share and easily select their media assets (videos and pictures) by creating an innovative media asset management system. This will be the first solution of its kind as it needs to not only store, archive and manage data but it needs to be able to do this from anywhere in the world. This will be on an industrial scale as the team will produce 1,000 terabytes of data on this and their previous voyages.

We will be training the team before they set sail and as team members come and go they will share this knowledge. The solution will allow them to add their photos and videos wherever they are, even without network and will easily start the upload to the central platform when network is available.

This project is a perfect fit for us. Not only are we setting up a platform of this kind to Pathé films (major French producer), but we are committed to the world of research and education as well as to sustainability.

World Environment Day is the UN's most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

Watch the Polar Pole expedition video

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About Frédéric Harbuta

IT Department manager
Frédéric is currently managing e-payment and media asset management projects for Worldline France. His previous experience includes managing projects for retailers, health national programs and road safety programs.