Nice story hitting the news in the last couple of days.
Rainforest Connection is a non-profit that is using solar-powered Android smartphones (new ones at first; then discarded ones) in the Sumatran rainforests to give real-time data to Indonesian park rangers about illegal logging.
Ambient sounds in the rainforest will be continuously recorded and screened using the phones’ microphones and onboard software. Any noises that match the sound-signature of a chainsaw will trigger an alert, providing rangers with information to intervene and stop the deforestation, according to Rainforest Connection’s website.
Rainforest destroyers beware! Such good news (for once) for the critically endangered species who make it home, like orangutans, tigers, elephants, etc., and those of us who care about this issue.
And on Huffington Post:
- 50% of Sumatran Rainforest is Gone. 70% of What’s Left is Earmarked for Destruction (gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com)
- Old smartphones called in to save Indonesian forests (newscientist.com)
- Sumatran Orangutans’ Rainforest Home Faces New Threat (thejakartaglobe.com)