In Order To Identify Wildlife AI Outfitted Cameras to Be Used

Elephants are huge beasts that can’t be easily missed out. However, in the massive plains of Africa, even these huge beasts can get engulfed. In order to protect the wildlife as well as the endangered species, from being hunted or gunned down by poachers usually forest rangers are appointed.
Studies have shown that in most of the National Parks that extends over a vast area, offering all-round protection to these animals is not always possible. For instance, the Serengeti National Park that spreads over an area of 14750 square kilometer in Tanzania has around 150 rangers. It is quite obvious that for managing the area of the park which might be roughly the size of Belgium is very difficult.
In order to deal with the problem a solution has been reached. The new solution to this problem has been suggested by conservation nonprofit organization RESOLVE. They have suggested the using of AI-fitted cameras which would act as remote lookouts.
On 3rd January, RESOLVE disclosed about a new custom-made gadget known as TrailGuard AI. The device would be using vision chips created by Intel in order to pinpoint animals and humans that would stray into view. The cameras will be placed on access trails that are used by poachers. This in turn, would naturally alert the park rangers who can then examine any kind of suspicious activity.
Early TrailGuard AI devices were heavy, battery life was poor, and undeveloped. Every time when the motion sensors got tripped, it couldn’t send images to rangers. However, the new device, in comparison, is not thicker than a human index finger. Its battery can last a year and a half, and can accurately identify humans, animals, and vehicles. The chip going to be used is Intel’s Movidius Myriad 2 VPU (or vision processing unit).
In association with the National Geographic Society and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Resolve wishes to distribute TrailGuard AI in 100 reserves and national parks in Africa, and they would start with Serengeti and Garamba.
Resolve has observed that regardless of present conservation attempts, an African elephant gets killed approximately every 15 minutes. At this rate, the surviving population of 100,000 animals will be ravaged over the next few decades. Hence, it dreams that Artificial Intelligence will aid in fight against this trend with the help of a pair of digital eyes. However, it won’t be the first time when AI would be used to deal with poaching.

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