Drones and AI will help to protect elephants from poachers

The drones can play an important role in the fight against poaching. Foundation the Lindbergh Foundation is trying to stop the destruction of elephants and rhinos in South Africa and in 2015 is using drones with cameras to watch the animals from the air. Data analysis will deal was developed by company Neurala artificial intelligence system, capable to predict the actions of poachers.

The drones can play an important role in the fight against poaching. Foundation the Lindbergh Foundation is trying to stop the destruction of elephants and rhinos in South Africa and in 2015 is using drones with cameras to watch the animals from the air. Data analysis will deal was developed by company Neurala artificial intelligence system, capable to predict the actions of poachers.
How it works

Artificial intelligence in real-time flows through their algorithms cameras drones and recognize caught in the frame objects, marking of animals, transport themselves poachers. The system can work day and even night, when the shooting is done in the infrared range. Analyzing the terrain and all the previous attempts of poachers (and there for more than 5,000 hours of flight of the UAV were a lot), the program predicts their future actions. In the result, offenders can try to delay, before they get to the right place.
How serious is the threat?

According to the Lindbergh Foundation, at the current rate of poaching within ten years, the African elephants and rhinos could disappear from the face of the earth. To prevent this to happen, the organization uses AI and drones (aircraft type, as noisy quadcopters frighten animals) to hunt down poachers. Special attention is paid to Malawi, Zimbabwe and some other regions of South Africa where wielded by hunters for ivory and Rhino horn.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen also proposed to use the analysis of big data to catch poachers. His system already operates in 15 Kenyan national parks and helped to stop several criminals.
 

Sources: Neurala, New Atlas