'Rainforest Connection' Kickstarting Stand Against Logging & Poaching

'Rainforest Connection' Kickstarting Stand Against Logging & Poaching

At the time of writing, the Kickstarter project Rainforest Connection has $31,077 of its $100,000 funding goal. 

The founders of the project claim that their low-tech approach is a solution to illegal logging, acting as the world's first real-time rainforest protection system.

How are they doing it? They're taking old, recycled smartphones and transforming them into listening devices within areas at risk. The finished systems are solar-powered and autonomous, capable of detecting and pinpointing audio cues linked to environmental destruction such as chainsaws, gunshots and animal calls. Each device can detect such sounds up to two-thirds of a mile in the distance.

So how's Rainforest Connection different? There are current detection systems in place in certain areas, but they rely on satellites to map forest destruction. The knowledge comes too late and it doesn't reach enough people. This is a different solution which can be streamed immediately and constantly to anyone around the world.

With the Rainforest Connection mobile app, any interested person from around the world can listen-in on the rainforest anytime, from anywhere.

The team want to raise $100,000 initially in order to build enough devices to protect 200-300 kilometres of forest in Africa and Brazil. One of the 2014 deployments will be in Equatorial Africa - to protect illegal logging and poaching in partnership with  Zoological Society of London (ZSL).

In the long-term, they hope to work on large areas in Latin America and Asia, upgrade the software analytics, and create real-time data flows that allow open source developers to take the app to the next level. 


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