AI camera technology could help catch poachers in the act

Hack the Planet
(Image credit: Hack the Planet)

In recent years, camera technology has played a crucial role in wildlife conservation. Camera traps or trail cameras are regularly used to help monitor, track and identify animal populations but data collected from traditional camera traps is usually stored on a memory card and needs to be collected and that is where AI traps come into play. 

Dutch tech company Hack the Planet has recently developed an AI camera trap that can send real-time updates and identify which species it has detected. Usually, rangers would only find out if poachers have been area weeks after they'd been spotted which is already too late to prevent the unlawful killing of animals.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.