The problem: road-killing of endangered species
Roads form a major threat to endangered species. They provide poachers and char-coalers with easy access to the area. Every day, in some areas even every hour, mammals are being killed by speeding cars. For a place such as Bardiya National Park in Nepal, which harbours between 50 to 60 tigers, each roadkill is a severe blow.
Traditional traffic regulation methods such as patrolling, speed bumps, and ANPR-based speed-camera’s do help. But not sufficiently, as they are too temporal, localised or expensive.
The solution: Nature Parks TrafficTracker
What is needed is an affordable system that helps rangers to guard the full length of the roads that pass through their park. And which can detect vehicles that leave the authorised roads at places where this is not allowed.
Sensing Clues accepted the challenge and designed the Nature Parks TrafficTracker™. It is a traffic regulation system that provides park rangers with real-time intelligence about all vehicles in the park. Speeding, stopping, as well as deviating from authorised routes are registered. Thus providing rangers with hi-grade hands-on information to act upon.
Park Management: game drive route optimization
The TrafficTracker™ has been developed for traffic law enforcement. It is also a perfect instrument for park management to optimize game drive routes through the park. The movement of every vehicle -or person- in the park is being recorded in detail. The recorded information per vehicle includes, but is not limited, to:
- actual driving routes,
- actual speeds,
- stopping places,
- dwelling time at these stopping places,
- visiting of places which are (temporarily) off-limits.
In short, all you need to build up statistics about where vehicles go, how long they stay at these places, and what routes are being taken to get there. Just as important for game drive optimization: by knowing where people go, you also know where they do not go. It provides you with opportunities to spread tourist pressure more equally. Moreover, it provides you with information about deviations of normal routes, which may be correlated with e.g. poaching incidents.
We have developed a functional prototype of the TrafficTracker™. Currently we are searching for funds to make the system production-ready and implement it in Bardiya National Park and other parks around the world.
Do you think you can help us with that? Or do you want to discuss its application in another park? Don’t hesitate to contact us!
Of course you can also sponsor the project by making a donation. Mention “TrafficTracker” in the text and the full 100% of your gift will be used for the development of Nature Park TrafficTrackers.