Wild reindeer conservationists go on air
Iridium Extreme satellite phones and Iridium GO! Wi-Fi hotspots were passed the Directorate for PAs of the Krasnoyarsk Region, the Directorate of Biological Resources and PAs of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the Federal Directorate of Taimyr Nature Reserves and the Central Siberian Reserve. A total of 11 devices were presented, each with a SIM card included, providing 600 minutes of communication during the year.
The phone model chosen is specifically designed for use in the harsh northern conditions. Shockproof case and solar battery for charging are included. And Iridium GO! Wi-Fi hotspots allow sending photos and short messages using a regular smartphone via satellite.
This is important when inspectors and scientists use the SMART system (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool). The technology allows using a mobile application to effectively conduct anti-poaching raids, route censuses, assess the state of the animal population, and keep records of nature. This year, at the initiative of WWF-Russia, environmentalists of Yakutia and the Krasnoyarsk Region were trained in its use and received smartphones with an installed program.
The equipment is granted within the WWF-Russia project which is part of
the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The German Federal Ministry for the
Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this
initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German