The PoacherCam has very much arrived! Ahead of a series of large-scale deployments across a number of key sites, members of Panthera’s Tiger Team recently came together in south England’s countryside to put the latest cameras through a final round of field trials before deploying them in Asia and Africa. Overseeing the trial was Program Director Joe Smith and Panthera’s technical wizard, Chris Cline, who has led Panthera’s camera trap development since its inception.
What makes the V6W poacher camera so clever is its ability to differentiate between people and animals, take a picture when a person is detected (the camera has an infrared flash allowing it to take covert images day and night), and send that image via a cellular GSM network to any computer, cell phone or tablet. This means that ranger teams can respond in real time to a poaching incident or illegal activity within the park. In cases where immediate response is not necessary or viable, the images can help construct a clearer picture of what is really happening in the park, a key objective of Panthera’s site security operations around the world.
The camera’s in-house development gives Panthera the unique opportunity to build any learnings from tactical deployment into future iterations of the technology. The close cooperation between the technical team and the field team means development, training and deployment of the camera are carefully choreographed, thereby maximising results from this technology.
When combined with ranger training that encompasses technology, analysis and response, PoacherCams will give us a much-needed tactical advantage and will be a real game-changer in the fight against poaching.
Watch out, poachers… our PoacherCam is coming to a site near you soon!