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Old Growth Forest Poaching Protection

Posted by Norman Miglietta on 06/20/2012

Our forests are under attack!

Explain myself? Okay. I recently read an article from the Huffington Post about a giant 800-year-old red cedar tree that had been poached from a park on a southern Vancouver Island. (Yes, I could probably draft another full post about how one “poaches” a 500-foot tree but let’s stay on point). If tree poaching is taking place in Vancouver, it is likely happening everywhere.

How could this happen, you ask? Easy. As a result of under staffing, due, in part to budget cuts over the last decade, park rangers do not have the capacity to monitor remote sites such as the Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park, from where the tree was hacked. This is a sad reality as these national parks offer more than just a tourist destination – these parks are habitats and homes to the thousands of creatures that make up our ecosystem.

But after reading the article, I got to thinking that if ranger stationshad remote monitoring with motion-detection, exception-based photo or video, all connected via M2M cellular or satellite networks, they could protect these irreplaceable natural treasures from a centralized monitoring station – think the forest equivalent of “eye in the sky”. Essentially, the motion-detection and photo/video would function on the M2M network, offering both real-time monitoring as well as a cost-effective way to free up park rangers’ time and resources. The system would activate only during times of movement and would alert officials to suspicious activity.

How would this system work in the dark?  How many false alarms would you get due to woodland creatures triggering the motion sensors? What about replacing the batteries as there is no power supply readily available in the forest, you ask?  Well, it turns out that M2M solutions are becoming increasingly intelligent and sophisticated.  For example, you can enable cameras that, in addition to normal photography, can register infrared signatures.  You can enable the motion detection technology involved to only register the movement of something with a density greater than 60 lbs.  And, you can make the power supply solar to battery so that it will charge in the daylight and work 24/7.

What do you do if the location is so remote, it is outside of traditional cellular coverage? Utilizing satellite services for the M2M connectivity would alleviate any service or connection issues that may arise. Given the expense of satellite services today, you would have to pick certain, high value locations and wouldn’t have video capabilities.  But the fact that the connection would only be needed when “triggered” by a certain, likely malicious, event, it could be deployed in certain situations, such as protecting a one of a kind 800 year old tree. Overall, I think an M2M powered monitoring solution could be a cost-effective and proactive way to prevent deforestation in its tracks. And another potential victory for the good guys courtesy of M2M solutions.

By Stein Soelberg, Director of Marketing

Stein leads a team whose responsibility is to own the branding, advertising, customer engagement, loyalty, partnership and public relations initiatives designed to propel KORE into the 21st century. With over 15 years of technology marketing experience in the business to business software, Internet services and telecommunications industries, Stein brings a proven track record of launching successful MVNOs and building those brands into leaders.