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WILDLABS TECH HUB Virtual Meetup: Scaling Technology Solutions to Tackle the Illegal Wildlife Trade - Shared screen with speaker view
Dina Maron
01:48:46
Good morning, all! I’m Dina Fine Maron, a journalist with National Geographic who focuses on wildlife crime and exploitation. On the lookout for potential stories to cover about techs that are making a difference combating IWT that haven’t yet gotten any ink
Joe Nash
01:50:46
Hey everyone! 👋 I’m Joe, I work on the WILDLABS Tech Hub, supporting the wonderful projects you’re about to hear from
Harold Tay
01:52:54
Hi Joe (c:
Talia Speaker
01:55:20
Hi all! Thanks so much for joining us today. If you run into any technical issues during the meetup feel free to message me privately so we can figure it out
Carol Fukushima
01:56:34
Hi, I'm Carol Fukushima and currently I'm working in a project at the Finnish Museum of Natural History about worldwide trade of live spiders and scorpions through social media.
Alasdair Davies
01:56:53
Hi all. Alasdair from the Arribada Initiative. Focused on unlocking access to open source conservation technologies. Wildlab's (unofficial) number 1 fan. Looking forward to today's meetup.
Timur Turgunov "EONEF"
01:57:15
Hello, everyone!I’m Timur from EONEF. We design multi-services air platform (tethered solar balloons for wildlife monitoring). It is used for observation or telecom purpose.
Joanna Turner
01:58:57
Hi everyone, I’m Joanna doing a postdoc at Loughborough University. Looking at deep learning for computer vision tasks e.g. object detection.
doelrichs
01:59:36
Hello All! I’m Dexter Oelrichs representing Hemmersbach Rhino Force, an anti-poaching organisation in Southern Africa. We are always keen to hear about new solutions to wildlife crime, especially those technology related. Thanks very much for putting this on WildLabs!
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:00:08
Our pleasure! Glad to have you here, we hope it’s useful.
Alstone Mwanza
02:02:06
Hi Everyone, am a Conservation Officer working for the governement of Zambia. Really interested in the enforcement technological solutions
Adam Tomes
02:06:55
Hello all, I am Adam Toomes, a Ph.D. student at the University of Adelaide. I am studying the use of webscrapers to rapidly acquire online trade data for illegal and legal non-native wildlife in Australia e-commerce platforms.
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:07:39
Oh interesting, Adam. How far into your phd are you?
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:08:38
This might be of interest if you haven’t seen it already (sorry if it’s redundant..) - https://www.wildlabs.net/resources/case-studies/how-machine-learning-can-help-fight-illegal-wildlife-trade-social-media
Adam Tomes
02:09:15
Hi Stephanie, I am just over one year into the Ph.D., it is a four year project including a postdoc and one other postgrad student.
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:09:36
Excellent. I’d be interested to chat offline with you after the Meetup.
Macy Placide
02:11:41
In what African countries are these cameras/technology implemented? Does the tech infrastructure of certain countries impact the ability to integrate your technology?
Kyler Abernathy
02:11:53
Eric, do you have a set of preferred cameras or do you work on integrations with any type?
Macy Placide
02:12:00
sorry! no
Adam Tomes
02:12:38
Sure thing Stephanie, and thanks for sharing the link, it sounds like our labs have very similar research interests.
Macy Placide
02:13:05
thank you!
Laurent Andriantsiferana
02:13:07
Have you looked at generic smart camera trap, based on Rpi/generic compute, linux with image/sound detection ?
Chris Nicholas
02:13:08
any thoughts about disconnected/ RPi based solutions that can’t stream, but perhaps do low bandwidth messaging? (Lora, APRS)
Paul Geraghty
02:13:44
Eric, gr8 work, have you investigated edge devices which contain AI, so the cam only communicates when a positive event has occurred?
Chris Nicholas
02:14:22
yes
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:14:26
okay I can wrap these three questions into one
Carol Fukushima
02:15:17
Who's the guy working in Australia with trade?
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:15:35
@ Adam tomes
Carol Fukushima
02:15:49
I'm working with something more or less similar and I would like to make contact to share ideas :)
Alasdair Davies
02:15:59
SD multiplexing
Katie Bernhard
02:16:00
Hi everyone, I am Katie Bernhard. I’m a data analyst focused on spatial statistics and econometrics to identify trends and drivers of poaching or illegal activities in protected areas. Currently working with UN in Rwanda and Uganda and on consulting projects with WWF-Greater Mekong. So I’m a bit more on the analytics side but I’d like to get more involved in understanding tech deployment and identifying effective solutions
Alasdair Davies
02:16:01
Yup
Adam Tomes
02:16:37
Sure thing Carol, it would be great to chat about our shared research interests. My email is adam.toomes@adelaide.edu.au. Feel free to contact me at any time.
Alasdair Davies
02:16:55
I'll share the research regarding that (SD multiplexing to pull data from any SD enabled camera trap)
Laurent Andriantsiferana
02:17:58
I have look at using Aribada platform based on RPi zero from IRNAS initiated by Alistair Davies. Running Yolov3 ML framework for detection and send the result via LORA.
Alasdair Davies
02:19:22
That's great Laurent. There's a sub thread with an upgrade to that platform that uses the new BalenaFin. I'll share some info with you in DM
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:20:12
If anyone gets meets someone in the chat they want to be follow up with after the event - just drop me an email and I will make sure you are connected. stephanie.odonnell@wildlabs.net
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:23:17
If you’re interested in tracking - the virtual Meetup we had about next generation tracking might be of interest (recording in the link) https://www.wildlabs.net/resources/community-announcements/wildlabs-virtual-meetup-recording-next-generation-wildlife
Isla Duporge
02:24:41
Hi Stepahnie :)- Can we ask questions to the speaker here?
Isla Duporge
02:24:46
*Stephanie
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:24:48
You sure can, Isla
Isla Duporge
02:26:20
Could you please ask how these tracking chips will compare with the ICARUS tags
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:26:31
Will do.
Beate
02:26:55
Question to the whole group: I would be interested to learn about tagging/tracking freshwater migratory fish (particular sturgeons) not only with the aim of population monitoring but also as a mean to reduce illegal catches or support enforcement. If anybody could point me towards further information that would be much appreciated.
Mairin Deith
02:27:55
Hi Beate - I have colleagues who have tagged freshwater trout in Canada for survival/migration analysis who I could connect you with. Feel free to email me mairin.deith@gmail.com
Mara Ranville
02:29:24
Hi, another question for the whole group - I’m here to see which of these technologies can be applied to protecting a forest reserve from illegal trespassing and logging. If anyone has any idea about this application, I’d love to connect.
Simon Taylor
02:30:20
I'm a little bit confused by the pandasat concept. What sort of latitudes would it cover? How would the launch and operation of the satellite constellation be funded? How is the information intended to be downlinked from the satellites? (No microphone, sorry!)
Ruwangika Gunawardana
02:31:39
What are the advantages of PandaSat over usual GPS trackers?
Ruwangika Gunawardana
02:31:58
Nope, sorry
Macy Placide
02:36:44
no
Paul Geraghty
02:36:45
no
Aristo Mendis
02:36:47
Nope
Paul Geraghty
02:36:59
very quiet mouse?
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:37:06
:D
Shobha Lizaso
02:38:04
Hi. I am Shobha Lizaso, a technology transactions/data privacy attorney in the US. I am trying to move away from serving the financial industry and hoping to create a career in tech conservation. I am seeking opportunities to provide pro bono technology transaction counsel to non-profits that focus on wildlife conservation. Shobha.Lizaso@whitecase.com
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:38:25
Thanks Shobha!
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:40:29
Mara - this is also question to put out to our wildlife crime group after the Meetup. You’ll be able to connect and find out what others are doing to meet similar challenges https://www.wildlabs.net/community/group/wildlife-crime
Chris Nicholas
02:43:16
what is the ifrequency range of the audiomoth device?
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:43:50
The live group purchase Peter just mentioned: https://groupgets.com/campaigns/561-audiomoth-v1-1-0-round-7
Mairin Deith
02:44:20
Question for Peter: is anyone applying acoustic locating/triangulation to identify precisely where gunshots/wildlife are?
Macy Placide
02:44:24
do you need permission from governments or local communities in places like Belize to implement these devices in the reserves? Also, once the data is collected, how is this analyzed and then implemented to inform rules or policy to help mitigate poaching and illegal hunting?
Macy Placide
02:45:13
(no mic)
Paul Geraghty
02:47:14
Peter, have you investigated A/moth along with LoRa for real time alerting where there is no gsm coverage, in say, a single wildlife park?
Aurelie Shapiro
02:48:30
yes we actually thought of combining pandatags with amoth to provide alerts for gunshots or chainsaws!
Timur Turgunov "EONEF"
02:49:12
To the speaker: Acoustic device could benefit from the altitude?We (EONEF) design multi-services air platform (tethered solar balloons for wildlife monitoring), which flies for weeks, the ultralight solar panels on the surface power embedded systems.What is the weight of the device?
Chris Nicholas
02:49:43
I want to bolt up AMoth to Alastair’s Naturebytes kit! :-)
Peter Marchetto
02:50:23
What about recording laws? In the US we have single- and dual-party consent laws by state, so you can only record in single-party consent states without alerting people to their being recorded.
Alasdair Davies
02:50:23
Superb
Alasdair Davies
02:51:21
Chris - I'd be happy to help here, battery wise you could run an AudioMoth for over a year with the kit capacity
Peter Marchetto
02:52:21
Usually I’ve just put signs up.
Paul Geraghty
02:54:00
OK, just back in the room, I'll use mic from now on.
Liz Barrow
02:54:15
Hi all, later this year (from September 2019 onwards), the European Space Agency will be funding feasibility studies that focus on tackling Environmental Crimes. If you are interested in hearing more please drop me an email (liz.barrow@esa.int) or connect via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizbarrow/
Adam Tomes
02:54:41
Grey unfortunately
Paul Geraghty
02:55:08
So, as far as audio moth and lora goes, the trick might be how do you place a device above the canoipy by drone?
Adam Tomes
02:55:43
slides fixed now
Stephanie O'Donnell
02:55:48
Great!
Ravi Perera
03:05:51
This is Ravi Perera from www.CSIwildlife.org. We currently operate in Kenya and Sri Lanka. We offer training in evidence recovery, fingerprints, and collection of DNA for Rangers and field units. All our volunteers are present and retired crime scene investigators from the US
Harold Tay
03:10:08
Is it that common that criminals do not wear gloves?
Harold Tay
03:10:14
(no mike)
Paul Geraghty
03:10:18
Fascinating.
Mariana Da Silva
03:10:44
Hi! Has this been used with big cat teeth? I have a mic to extend my question if possible.
Stephanie O'Donnell
03:11:10
Thanks Mariana!
Harold Tay
03:11:17
TV has lied to me!
Flavia
03:14:55
can you please provide your email? I would love to get in contact. Thank you
Joe Nash
03:15:26
Tracy’s email: tracy.alexander@city-of-london.pnn.police.uk
Talia Speaker
03:24:54
Thank you all so much for your engagement today! Keep an eye out for a follow-up email with a link to the recording, and jump over to this thread to continue the conversation now: https://www.wildlabs.net/community/thread/743
Simon Taylor
03:25:44
Thanks to all speakers, those were fascinating presentations.
Paul Geraghty
03:26:04
ditto what Simon says, thx
Carol Fukushima
03:26:08
If anyone want to discuss trafficking using social media, please contact me carolinesayuri@gmail.com
Joe Nash
03:26:10
Thanks y’all!
Kyler Abernathy
03:26:17
Thank you to all the speakers!
Stephanie O'Donnell
03:26:50
My pleasure! Thanks everyone :)