Hid­den cam­eras mon­i­tor wildlife

Irish Examiner - Farming - - FEATURE -

There are hid­den cam­eras and trans­mit­ters in the most re­mote parts of the world as part of the In­stant De­tect wildlife and threat mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem.

Low power sen­sors, cam­era traps, and acous­tic sen­sors, are used to de­tect hu­mans and wildlife and trans­mit by satel­lite tech­nol­ogy in re­al­time. They are cam­ou­flaged and hid­den from view, to pre­vent theft or van­dal­ism. In­stant De­tect helps in the fight against poach­ing of threat­ened species by send­ing early warn­ings of il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity to wildlife rangers. In­stant De­tect was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped through the Google Im­pact Award.

It has safe­guarded co­ral reefs, pro­tected bird nests, and helped pro­tect threat­ened species. Suc­cess­ful de­ploy­ments in­clude mon­i­tor­ing of an Adélie pen­guin colony in Antarc­tica, and a rare Black Rhino sanc­tu­ary in Kenya.

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