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Using technology to fight wildlife crime

Illegal wildlife trafficking is a worldwide business worth between $7 billion and $23 billion annually. On average, 2 rangers are killed worldwide every week and poachers kill thousands of animals every day. New integrated network of technologies will help reduce poaching and minimize risks to field staff on the ground.
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Poaching is a threat not only to wildlife animals but to communities on a global scale. Each year thousands of animals die, as do the humans trying to protect them. Much of this loss could be prevented by using tech that focuses on tracking, surveillance, and gunshot recognition. Getting help to the communities most in need could help reduce the wildlife devastation we see globally annually.

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The Wildlife Crime Technology Project will give governments battling wildlife crime a vital advantage.

The project will focus on creating a seamless system of four technologies:

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for surveillance and rapid response
    Digital monitoring systems that monitor high-risk areas and boundaries of protected areas

  • Affordable wildlife/patrol tracking devices connected through mesh networks

  • Rifle shot recognition software in portable devices with real-time connectivity

  • Data integration and analysis through the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART)

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