Underwater World Singapore (UWS) will now be able to do just that, with some members of the aquatic family! As part of its continuing efforts to introduce more exciting and interactive oceanarium experiences to its visitors, UWS has catalyzed the integration of aquatic science and technology to introduce the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) System making it the world’s first oceanarium to do so.
RFID is an automatic identification technology, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. An RFID tag is an object that can be attached to or embedded into an object, animal, or person for the purpose of identification using radio waves. Similarly, all the seven species of fishes in the Living Fossils tank such as the Arapaima (Arapaima gigas), Alligator Gar (Lepisosteus spatula), Pacu (Piaractus brachypomum), Redtail Catfish (Phractocephalus hemiliopterus), Flower Ray (Potamotrygon sp.) and the Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma sp) and Walking Catfish (Clarias bartruchus) are embedded with RFID tags. The tags were generously supplied by Texas Instrument.
The RFID tag implanted in each fish will enable it to be sensed by antennas that are fitted on the front of the exhibition tank. When the fish swims within detectable range, the RFID tag sends a signal to the antenna, which then relays a signal to a touch screen computer. The computer will then display the name of the fish such as Tiny the Arapaima. Visitors will also be able to navigate through all the detailed information about the fish such as its origin, diet and characteristics by clicking on the appropriate icon on the computer screen.