On December 14, 2020, the annual meeting was held by videoconference with all the partners of the IOT project (LIRMM-CNRS, SIF, TAAF, Mayotte Departmental Council, OFB-PNMM). On this occasion, Ifremer and the partners reviewed all the work carried out over the past year, the progress made but also the obstacles related to the health crisis. Luckily, the IOT project's progress was only slightly affected in 2020 compared to other projects. Only a few tests had to be rescheduled after the confinement period, which had the effect of postponing deployments in the natural environment. The year 2021 will be marked by the deployment of the project on each of the study sites and the acquisition of data before the final restitution.
In addition, Ifremer and the Reunion Region, managing authority of the Ocean-India INTERREG V cooperation programme, agreed at the beginning of 2021 to extend the IOT project until September 30, 2021, which will give scientists time to acquire and process data before the end of the project.