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Posted on May 26, 2017

Combining drones and AI to combat poaching

Neurala, the creator of The Neurala Brain deep learning neural network AI software, is announcing that it will apply its expertise and AI software in the Lindbergh Foundation's effort to combat poaching in Africa using intelligent drones. The announcement was made at the Lindbergh Foundation's event commemorating the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Neurala's technology can learn from any sensory stream to identify an object of interest. For the Lindbergh Foundation, Neurala will be assisting human analysts by sifting through terabytes of video, including infrared, in real time as the drone is flying, pinpointing animals, vehicles and poachers, both during the day and at night.
Neurala software will be used as a part of the foundation's Air Shepherd Program. The program is dedicated to the elimination of illegal poaching of elephants and rhinos in southern Africa using cutting-edge software-based predictive analysis and drones to stop poachers before they can reach target animals. Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh shared a vision of a balance between technological advancement and environmental preservation that is followed by the foundation today.
The technology is currently being used in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi. According to Air Shepherd poaching has increased by 9000% in South Africa alone since 2007 and at this rate elephants and rhinos will be extinct within ten years.
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"This is a terrific example of how AI technology can be a vital force for good," said Neurala CEO Max Versace. "We're thrilled to be working with the Lindbergh Foundation in this unique partnership, contributing our deep learning software to such a worthwhile cause and doing our part to preserve endangered species."
Source: Neurala, Air Shepherd
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