WILDLABS TECH HUB Virtual Meetup: Scaling Technology Solutions to Tackle the Illegal Wildlife Trade - Shared screen with speaker view
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
Hey everyone! 👋 I’m Joe, I work on the WILDLABS Tech Hub, supporting the wonderful projects you’re about to hear from
Hi Joe (c:
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
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.
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"
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.
Hi everyone, I’m Joanna doing a postdoc at Loughborough University. Looking at deep learning for computer vision tasks e.g. object detection.
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!
Our pleasure! Glad to have you here, we hope it’s useful.
Hi Everyone, am a Conservation Officer working for the governement of Zambia. Really interested in the enforcement technological solutions
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.
Oh interesting, Adam. How far into your phd are you?
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
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.
Excellent. I’d be interested to chat offline with you after the Meetup.
In what African countries are these cameras/technology implemented? Does the tech infrastructure of certain countries impact the ability to integrate your technology?
Eric, do you have a set of preferred cameras or do you work on integrations with any type?
Sure thing Stephanie, and thanks for sharing the link, it sounds like our labs have very similar research interests.
Have you looked at generic smart camera trap, based on Rpi/generic compute, linux with image/sound detection ?
any thoughts about disconnected/ RPi based solutions that can’t stream, but perhaps do low bandwidth messaging? (Lora, APRS)
Eric, gr8 work, have you investigated edge devices which contain AI, so the cam only communicates when a positive event has occurred?
okay I can wrap these three questions into one
Who's the guy working in Australia with trade?
@ Adam tomes
I'm working with something more or less similar and I would like to make contact to share ideas :)
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
Sure thing Carol, it would be great to chat about our shared research interests. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact me at any time.
I'll share the research regarding that (SD multiplexing to pull data from any SD enabled camera trap)
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.
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
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. email@example.com
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
Hi Stepahnie :)- Can we ask questions to the speaker here?
You sure can, Isla
Could you please ask how these tracking chips will compare with the ICARUS tags
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!)
What are the advantages of PandaSat over usual GPS trackers?
very quiet mouse?
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
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
what is the ifrequency range of the audiomoth device?
The live group purchase Peter just mentioned: https://groupgets.com/campaigns/561-audiomoth-v1-1-0-round-7
Question for Peter: is anyone applying acoustic locating/triangulation to identify precisely where gunshots/wildlife are?
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?
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?
yes we actually thought of combining pandatags with amoth to provide alerts for gunshots or chainsaws!
Timur Turgunov "EONEF"
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?
I want to bolt up AMoth to Alastair’s Naturebytes kit! :-)
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.
Chris - I'd be happy to help here, battery wise you could run an AudioMoth for over a year with the kit capacity
Usually I’ve just put signs up.
OK, just back in the room, I'll use mic from now on.
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 (email@example.com) or connect via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizbarrow/
So, as far as audio moth and lora goes, the trick might be how do you place a device above the canoipy by drone?
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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
Is it that common that criminals do not wear gloves?
Mariana Da Silva
Hi! Has this been used with big cat teeth? I have a mic to extend my question if possible.
TV has lied to me!
can you please provide your email? I would love to get in contact. Thank you
Tracy’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Thanks to all speakers, those were fascinating presentations.
ditto what Simon says, thx
If anyone want to discuss trafficking using social media, please contact me email@example.com
Thank you to all the speakers!
My pleasure! Thanks everyone :)