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RFCx, Huawei, DENR & Smart join hands to save Philippine rainforests

In a landmark initiative, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), PLDT wireless unit, Smart Communications, and Huawei Technologies Philippines are collaborating with Rainforest Connection to pilot test an IoT solution that taps mobile technology to detect and record rainforest sounds that can help prevent illegal logging and poaching activities in the country’s rainforests.

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WIRED UK: Deep in the rainforest, old phones are catching illegal loggers

WIRED UK outlines Rainforest Connection’s threat detection and bioacoustics capabilities, with a focus on Ecuador’s Mashpi reserve. By monitoring trends in illegal activity, local efforts to halt illegal deforestation and poaching are more targeted and effective. RFCx technology has also been used to automate the identification of hundreds of species.

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Air Quality News: Listening to the algorithm of the rainforest

Hitachi Vantara and Rainforest Connection’s recent partnership is demonstrating the usefulness of artificial intelligence as a tool to save the world’s endangered rainforests. Air Quality News outlines the use of AI to analyze sound recordings to create bio-acoustic signatures, in order to identify illegal logging activity.

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Thomson Reuters: Treetop sensors help Indonesia eavesdrop on forests to curb illegal logging

Using artificial intelligence, audio sensors detect the sound of chainsaws to help local officials address illegal logging in the Indonesian rainforest. Rainforest Connection is recording sounds to protect vulnerable ecosystems with funding from some of the world’s largest technology companies.

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IUCN: Upcycled smartphones installed in Indonesia to fight illegal logging and poaching

Take a look into how Rainforest Connection’s project in Indonesia is effectively fighting illegal logging and poaching – issues that have plagued the region for years. The acoustic monitoring devices listen to the sounds of the rainforest and send real-time alerts to rangers on the ground when they detect the sound

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Straits Times: The age of artificial intelligence: Cities and the A.I. edge

Artificial intelligence has quickly established itself as a hallmark of the fourth industrial revolution, becoming faster and more capable of solving the world’s most pressing issues – one of which is the threat of illegal loggings. Rainforest Connection is using the power of AI models to detect the sounds of chainsaws and vehicles, identifiers of illegal logging

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Hitachi Vantara: Rainforests Forever! Preserving One of the World’s Greatest Resources

In this video from Hitachi NEXT 2019, founder Topher White discusses the genesis of the idea for Rainforest Connection, as well as the work RFCx is doing in forests around the world to fight illegal logging. Topher and host Jeremy Brisiel dive into how the technology works, as well as how RFCx is working to implement its solutions in vulnerable forests around the globe.

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Rolex: Electronic ‘Ears’ Listen to World’s Rainforests

The threat that illegal logging poses to the world is not a small one – its contribution to deforestation directly impacts climate change as well. American technologist Topher White is taking the solution right to the origin of the issue, the rainforest, and is using recycled phones to create an audio network that listens to the sounds coming from the forests. These sounds

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Ever Widening Circles: Old Cellphones: The Key to Stopping Climate Change

Topher White’s innovative idea allows everyone to get involved in the fight to end climate change and stop deforestation – his non-profit is using old cellphones to listen to the sounds of the rainforest. This technology is able to identify the sounds of illegal loggings, such as chainsaws and vehicles, and send real-time alerts to rangers on the ground that can intervene. Recently

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The Next Web: Google’s new AI model ‘listens’ to killer whales to help protect the species

Read how Google has teamed up with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Rainforest Connection to create an AI model that detects the presence of a threatened species of orcas in the Salish Sea. The detection of these animals with underwater technology allows officials to treat injured whales or even guide them to avoid locations of oil spills or high

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