22:24 25th Jun, 2012
E-eye Surveillance Will Help Control Tiger Poaching At Corbett | TechTree.com
E-eye Surveillance Will Help Control Tiger Poaching At Corbett
Pilot project set up to monitor tigers' movement across the park.
With the tiger population thinning down rapidly in the country, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has decided to launch a pilot surveillance project at Uttarakhand's Jim Corbett National Park, reports IANS. Since poaching is a major threat to India's national animal, the project called E-eye has been set up for round-the-clock observation of the park with the help of 10 high resolution thermal and infrared cameras. These cameras weighing well over 20 kgs will be mounted on towers that are scattered across the 350 sq km area of the highly sensitive zone of the park, which is bordering Uttar Pradesh.
These cameras will generate alerts to the control room in the park and the NTCA office located at Delhi, as the tigers cross the boundary. The project has reportedly incurred expenses of around Rs.3.5 crore.
Considering that the cameras can capture thermal and normal image of body mass regardless of forest density and severe weather conditions, it can monitor the area during night or day.
The project is a collaborated effort between NTCA and Pune-based Binomial Solutions Private Limited. The company is also working alongside Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to help with tiger census. Binomial Solutions' CEO Ravikant Singh said, "...we have got the tender for installing a similar system in another tiger reserve and are also doing a case study in Assam's Kaziranga National park".
The NTCA will keep a tab on the system for a year before taking the project across other 41 sensitive tiger reserves that account for 1706 tigers in India.
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