A new blockchain drone may be able to help protect endangered species


Newton Project will be launching a new blockchain project aimed at saving endangered species around the world. With the aid of a network of sensors and drones that could track endangered animals more efficiently than current monitoring systems, the platform will help authorities to fight animal poaching.

Newton’s NewSensor technology consists of small IoT devices for monitoring location, temperature, air quality, humidity, etc, and uploads that data to NewChain, Newton’s blockchain. By inserting a NewSensor under the skin of an endangered mammal, for example, a rhino or elephant, the drone can track the location and basic behavior of that animal. Many animals are social and follow a leader, so instead of tagging every individual, the new sensor can just tag the notable ones in the crowd and follow the rest.

How does it work?

NewDrone footage will be uploaded to the NewChain for a hack-proof, indelible record of potential poaching. Using NewAI, this data can be analyzed and anything suspicious sent to local authorities.

Furthermore, the new tech will also aid in preserving resources and the local authorities won’t be at the risk for payoffs by the poachers.

Endangered animal poaching is a big business especially in Africa…

According to the website Poaching Facts, in recent years the illicit wildlife and plant trade has dramatically increased. With an estimated worth of  $70-213 billion a year, the sort of wildlife black market  “infringes on the natural resources of countries and wealth of businesses around the world,” The site further notes that “It’s also contributing to the extinction of tigers, bears, elephants, rhinoceroses, and hundreds of other incredible species while criminal organizations and rebel militias profit.”

Furthermore, the new tech will also aid in preserving resources and the local authorities won’t be at the risk for payoffs by the poachers.

 


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