How can animal poaching be reduced?

Posted by Kunal Nandwani on 29 May, 2018

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Hejje: An anti-poaching mobile application

Posted by Vivek Mehta on 29 May, 2018

‘Hejje’ is an Android-based application launched by the Bandipur Tiger Reserve in India for vigorous monitoring and better coordination of anti-poaching camp personnel at Bandipur. It will help coordinate foot patrolling of forest staff apart from providing the range forest officers live update of their respective anti-poaching patrolling activities such as patrol time, the water level in lakes, suspicious activities, tree population and forest fires.

Tigers in Bandipur are vulnerable to poaching. The induction of ‘Hejje’ adds a new protocol to the monitoring system. The staff using the mobile application can take photographs and the application will instantly deliver it to the headquarters where senior officials can make decisions based on real-time information relayed from the ground. In case of depletion of water levels, a study of a series of images taken from the field can help assess the gravity of the situation.

‘Hejje’ will be used by the anti-poaching camp staff during their routine patrolling and range forest officers would get real-time updates of patrol start time, end time, distance covered and animal sighted. The data is encrypted and hence, secured and information will be accessible only to authorized staff. Tiger movement along the fringes can be detected by an alert mechanism that will help take proactive steps as even pug marks and animal paths can be monitored by just taking a photograph and downloading it with the GPS location. Water holes can be monitored for levels and forest fires can be recorded and regular real-time maps can be generated which will help map fire-prone areas.

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