Kashmir-Robotics along with it's partners is hosting the international Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge (wcUAVc). wcUAVc will foster innovation and invention in the design, fabrication, and utilization of unmanned aircraft to assist with counter poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking. It calls on students, hobbyists, academics, and corporations to cooperate in a design, build, fly & compute challenge that emphasizes the integration of sensors, embedded systems, and communications in a robust and high endurance aircraft.
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Locally, nationally and internationally, Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge is open to students, hobbyists, innovators, and entrepreneurs to create the best technology solutions to save endangered species from extinction.
US & International teams can now compete in the wcUAVchallenge to Design, Build, Fly & Compute the best UAV/UAS technology to combat wildlife poaching.
The Leadership Team had an exceptional Fact-Finding Mission to Kruger National Park. Details will be released on December 20, 2013 with modifications to the rules and regulations.
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To give the Teams a clear understanding of the operational needs, Princess Aliyah and members of the Leadership Team visited the battlefield, Kruger National Park, on a Fact Finding Mission. The visit was organized by Scott "LB" Williams and included Casper van Zyl of Global Unmanned Systems, Justin Leto of Nova Labs, and the SKATE Team from Aurora Flight Sciences. General Jooste, chief of security for San Parks, provided an overview of poaching and his counter poaching efforts, then headed over to the local airfield to watch a demonstration of SKATE, a small UAV that is easy to launch, operate and recover. SKATE performed flawlessly, with day and night imagery capabilities. General Jooste immediately authorized the Leadership Team to bring SKATE into the battle. Over the next few evenings, the Leadership Team accompanied rangers into high risk sectors of Kruger and near the border with Mozambique providing the Team with a real time understanding of the need and the rangers with a appreciation for the capabilities of UAVs.
wcUAVc is proud to have Dr. Tom Snitch serve as an advisor on the Leadership Team. Dr. Snitch is Senior Advisor for Global Issues at Geoeye and Chief Scientist at Little Falls Labs. In September 2012, he was named Chairman of the Board of Visitors at the College of Computing, Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, one of the largest schools of science in the US. He is responsible for satellite imagery sharing efforts between the US, through Geoeye, and nations in Asia and Africa. Additionally, he is a liaison to the UN and international organizations working on disaster response and mitigation, environmental monitoring, climate change, and special intelligence issues in both regions.
He offers a unique and helpful tool for UAVs. Dr Snitch will look at where rhinos like to graze, where they were killed before, the phases of the moon, the weather, the time of day and day of week to determine where and when poachers will strike next."We can put all these variables into the computer and come out with algorithms," he says. "You can't fly over the whole park but by creating this mathematical model, you can fly over the hot spots and when you see people coming two and a half kilometres out, you have time to get your rangers in position."
Dr Snitch's models have been successfully used to catch those laying roadside bombs in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as arsonists in US cities. He believes that coupling them with a drone offers a unique solution.