Kashmir-Robotics along with it's partners is hosting the international Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge (wcUAVc). wcUAVc will foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and utilization of unmanned aircraft to assist with counter poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking. It calls on students, hobbyists, academics, and corporations to cooperate in a design, build, fly & compute challenge that emphasizes the integration of sensors, embedded systems, and communications in a robust and high endurance aircraft.
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Locally, nationally and internationally, Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge is open to students, hobbyists, innovators, and entrepreneurs to create the best technology solutions to save endangered species from extinction.
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Cutting-edge technology, job creation, coordinated efforts and a proactive sustainable solution….these are just a few goals that Reserve Protection Agency aims to implement in the very near future. They may be the new kid on the block when it comes to anti-poaching and conservation management, but they’re making quite a name for themselves already. Why is this?
Start with RPA’s broad scope of expertise—a U.S. combat veteran with 17+ years experience (including as a special operations C-130 pilot, a Deputy Mission Support Group Commander, and Bilateral Affairs Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria). Add to it a game reserve owner, originally from Zimbabwe, who over-sees many conservation projects such as black and white rhino breeding projects. Throw in a NSRI Coxswain and Waterwise Instructor originally from the Eastern Cape. And you have quite a team. Oh, and don’t forget the officer’s wife, who is an active director on the board of a major environmental compliance laboratory back in the U.S. Her main job is to keep these three in line, on time, and on task. Included in an advisory role is Dr William Fowlds, renowned for his inspirational work on rhino. Thus, Reserve Protection Agency, a non-profit and public benefit organization, was born. Currently, RPA has in hand a signed formal agreement with SANParks to partner in bringing systems immediately to Kruger National Park and the border. SANParks has seen the value of technology and seeks assistance in employing the best solution. RPA is not short-sighted. They not only offer immediate solutions, there is a long-term overarching strategy in place too. The vision includes a complete conservation management model that will be developed, tested and trained in the Eastern Cape. This Eastern Cape Model is a solution that involves the development of procedures & protocols, training & education, research & development, a joint operations center and the sourcing, analysing and implementing of on-going advances in current technology. Dubbed as “the technology clearinghouse” by numerous conservation groups, RPA will serve as a center where all technology will be tested first by experts to prove its success in conservation management and anti-poaching. This model can be easily duplicated for all sorts of poaching and trafficking crimes and taken to other provinces in South Africa, and internationally as required. You can visit RPA’s webpage to learn more about their current projects in technology or development in the Eastern Cape Model. LIKE them on facebook (Reserve Protection Agency).
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by Princess Aliyah Pandolfi
The wcUAVc is by no means the first attempt at using drones to stop illegal poaching. In 2012, Google donated $5 million to the World Wildlife Federation to purchase surveillance aircraft for tracking poachers in Africa. The principal difference is that the wcUAVc encourages innovators and inventors around the world to create new types of aircraft with the latest sensors and computing technologies optimized for the mission. With more than a hundred teams from over 20 countries in six continents, the wcUAVc is the world’s largest and most diverse aircraft research project!