A Poacher Tracking Drone Will Be Introduced By Blockchain Project To Protect Endangered Species
Newton Project will be launching a new blockchain project aimed at saving endangered species around the world. With the aid of a network of sensors and drones that could track endangered animals more efficiently than current monitoring systems, the platform will help authorities to fight animal poaching.
According to the website Crypto Briefing, the new technology will track the animals and details about their habitat and upload all the data on to the NewChain:
“Newton’s NewSensor technology consists of small IoT devices for monitoring location, temperature, air quality, humidity, etc, and uploads that data to NewChain, Newton’s blockchain. By inserting a NewSensor under the skin of an endangered mammal, for example, a rhino or elephant, we can track the location and basic behavior of that animal. Many animals are social and follow a leader, so instead of tagging every individual, we can just tag notable individuals.”
Newton will be launching the ‘NewDrones’, fully equipped with cameras and microphones that will aid in tracking and identifying poachers. In a number of countries in Africa and Asia, Wildlife poaching, particularly of endangered species, is quite a big business. The company adds:
“NewDrone footage will be uploaded to the NewChain for a hack-proof, indelible record of potential poaching. Using NewAI, this data can be analysed and anything suspicious sent to local authorities.”
Furthermore, the new tech will also aid in preserving resources and the local authorities won’t be at the risk for payoffs by the poachers.
“Often local authorities are ineffective – not because they’re corrupt or indifferent, but because these parks are huge, and police and park budgets are limited. Our solution reduces costs and manpower, making policing cheaper, easier, and more transparent.”
According to the website Poaching Facts, in recent years the illicit wildlife and plant trade has dramatically increased. With an estimated worth of $70-213 billion a year, the sort of wildlife black market “infringes on the natural resources of countries and wealth of businesses around the world,” The site further notes that “It’s also contributing to the extinction of tigers, bears, elephants, rhinoceroses, and hundreds of other incredible species while criminal organizations and rebel militias profit.”
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