Big Game

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Conventional security measures, including aerial surveillance, armed game wardens and trained sniffing dogs, have failed to stop illegal poaching. Precious wildlife is being slaughtered throughout the world. Africa has lost 30 percent of its elephants to illegal poaching between 2007 and 2014, and with rhino horns trading at over $60,000 a kg, their populations are also being decimated. Bears, pumas and bald eagles are being slaughtered in North America, and tigers in Asian countries. Poachers are doing their best to cull wildlife from every corner of the planet for profit. The largest distribution hub for these black market trinkets is China, with the US running a close second. Drones may be the solution.
  The push for new technologies to combat poaching arises from what has been characterized as an arms race between poachers and wildlife rangers. Make no mistake that poaching is well organized. It’s common for poachers to be armed with automatic weapons, silencers, night vision goggles and copious amounts of ammunition. Many have satellite phones and hand-held GPS devices to coordinate between traffickers and trophy stashes.
  Conservation drones have “programmable auto-pilot and telemetry systems, capable of recording and live transmission of information.” Night patrolling of forest terrains using thermal cameras, radio-tracking of animals and habitat monitoring are also within the capabilities of these vehicles. With drones themselves having endless possible uses, it’s the software that is pushing the hardware forward with capabilities such as character recognition, mapping, data analysis, night vision and stealth.
  EM Quantum Technologies is working on key components to enhance drones and drone technology for conservation purposes. Not only are drones being used for the management and protection of habitats and species, they are also used to gather real-time data and monitor forest fires in inaccessible terrains. As the needs to protect our natural environment continue to expand, EMQU will continue to develop problem solving software.