Digital intelligence becomes a threat for poachers
One of the main tasks of protected areas is the protection of the territory from human influence, such as hunting, logging or even visiting. This is listed in the PA’s regulations and its purpose: the preservation of valuable natural ecosystems from human impact. It’s not easy to carry out this function: to actually control hundreds of kilometers in remote areas. New technologies and gadgets that can replace a person are here to help.
Zapovednoe Priamurye and WWF Russia Amur branch have proposed the development of a system that completely controls the territory of PAs for the protection function. For this purpose, in March a meeting was held in Khabarovsk for the staff of Zapovednoye Priamurye with WWF specialists on innovative technologies. A plan was developed for the creation and implementation of a new system in one of the clusters Khekhtsyr Nature Reserve.
The new system consists of a complex of components: TAIGA satellite alarm system (magnetic resistive sensors, photo and video recorders, satellite communication systems), camera traps, video cameras installed on cell towers, UAVs, mobile and web applications to interact with citizens who want to help preserve the nature of the reserve.
The system can also control forest fires. Cameras can identify any smoke on a distance of dozens of kilometers.