Wildlife Intelligence Tools for Rangers

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Real-time intelligence is key for effective nature conservation and wildlife protection

Without it, rangers are fighting an uphill battle. Indeed, most nature reserves are simply too extensive, and boots on the ground too few, to effectively guard and protect wildlife against poachers.

A first and necessary step to improve the effectiveness of the rangers, is building a superior intelligence position. The more is known about the poaching threats (targets, locations, timing, modus operandi, local market for hiring trackers and finding buyers, etc.), and the sooner field observations and intelligence can translated into briefings, the better rangers can prepare themselves to take protective action.

With these thoughts in mind, Sensing Clues is making available technologies that help rangers to gain the upper-hand. As no one has the silver bullet, we do so by engaging acknowledged wildlife experts and technology specialists from all over the world.  Together, we are building and implementing a wildlife intelligence platform, that contains the necessary intelligence to inform action.

Intelligence process

Collect and share information
Generate overview and insight
Extend virtual presence
The Clues-App helps you to collect and share data easily. That is, to share sightings of things, traces, or events that might be of interest for wildlife rangers in their line of duty. The Focus-app helps you to analyse you data intuitively. Zoom and browse through your data using free text search, time sliders, geo-boxes, and semantic content filters. Field sensors can be used as “ears and eyes”. They can perform monitoring tasks for prolonged periods of time, without draining patrol and incident response capacity.
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Problems like poaching, charcoaling, encroachment, human-wildlife conflicts, bush fires, and other threats to nature conservation are complex. There is no silver bullet to solve them.

To find and develop solutions that give rangers the upper-hand, we closely work together with the best-of-breed.

The following partners already joined us by doing what they know and do best.

MarkLogic provides cutting edge database technology and semantic search functions. Security is deeply engrained in its architecture, which is of utmost importance for rangers working on wildlife crime. Besides providing rangers with this technology for free, MarkLogic Netherlands contributes us with hands-on expertise for the development of our secure SCCSS Wildlife Intelligence Platform.

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BIT is specialised in colocation, internet connections, managed hosting and outsourcing for corporate internet users. BIT offers the basis of IT and internet infrastructure for quality-conscious organisations. Reliability is the fundamental idea of our service, so our clients can focus on their core activities carefree. BIT distinguishes itself with a high level of knowledge, years of experience and a pragmatic approach. BIT is ISO 27001 and NEN 7510 certified.

DIKW Intelligence is specialised in helping organisations to turn data into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom. To this end they deploy high-end data science methods and tools to generate actionable information (intelligence). DIKW Intelligence provides Sensing Clues Foundation with free office space, free advice, and access to her data scientists against subsidised fees.

Semantic Web Company is globally acknowledged as the leading and most innovative Linked Data technology provider. Their focus on metadata, search, and analytic solutions seamlessly fits the intelligence tool stack that Sensing Clues is developing for rangers. Their Pool Party application provides the semantic technologies needed to turn raw data into meaningful concepts that are easily understood by rangers and analysts alike.

M+P is an international company with cutting-edge knowledge of measuring vibrations and acoustics in real-time field contexts. Together we are developing SERVAL, a sensor designed for recognizing different types of sounds, such as elephant rumbles, engines, shots, etc. We use these sound-events to inform rangers about possible threats. For example, about poachers driving into the park (wildlife crime), or about dangerous elephants nearing a village (human-wildlife conflict).

Ranger Campus and Sensing Clues’ mission is to strengthen the information position and operational capabilities of rangers. Where Sensing Clues and her technology-partners develop the required technologies, Ranger Campus helps us to identify technology requirements, organise field tests, provides us with first-hand ranger-feedback, and is developing training materials when and where needed.

C-TiEM Consultancy supports Sensing Clues Foundation by developing (Virtual Reality) Training solutions to prepare frontline protectors on their role in the process of the protection of endangered species and ecosystems.

Dutch UAS is the Foundation through which technologies of Birds.ai are being made available for nature conservation purposes. Birds.ai specialises in automated recognition of objects from photo or video footage. Together we are studying how these technologies can be used to automatically conduct wildlife census, create elevation maps, and other helpful means for park management.

We are proud to work with the Resource Ecology Research Group of Prof. dr. Herbert Prins on Smart Parks and other data- and technology-driven nature conservation concepts.

Dr. Angela Stoeger of the Cognitive Biology Group of Vienna University and Dr. Matthias Zeppelzauer of the Media Computing Group of St. Polten University, are the conceptual architects of an elephant monitoring and alerting system. Based on their knowledge and the 100s of sound samples they have collected on elephant rumbles, we are developing a state-of-art elephant early warning system to mitigate conflicts between elephants and people (HWC).

Dr. Shermin de Silva of Trunk and Leaves is specialised in the behaviour and communications of Asian Elephants. By providing us with elephant sound samples and theoretical and practical advise, she helps us to develop a state-of-art elephant early warning system to mitigate conflicts between elephants and people (HWC).

Dr. Peter Wrege of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology provides us with elephant sound recordings and practical help, including the use of the Raven sound analysis software. His help and recordings are of critical importance for the development of our SERVAL-sensor, developed for mitigating human-wildlife conflicts (HWC).

Collaboration between The Prusten Project is underway to help reduce human-tiger conflicts. Together we are developing plans to create a sound-based tiger monitoring and early warning system to reduce conflict in tiger range-land countries (HWC). The sensors are also capable of recognizing gunshots and chainsaws in real-time providing a key tool in the fight against illegal wildlife activities.



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