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WildTrack wins AUVSI XCELLENCE humanitarian award
WildTrack, a non-profit organization dedicated to non-invasive wildlife monitoring and conservation, has today been awarded a prestigious AUVSI XCELLENCE Humanitarian Award. The organization won for pairing its Footprint Identification Technique (FIT) in JMP software with high-resolution drone imagery captured using senseFly eBee X fixed-wing mapping drones.
The ground-breaking project was recognized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) in the Awards’ Humanitarian and Public Safety category for its innovative use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS) in monitoring and protecting endangered species, such as black rhino in Namibia.
Combining the eBee X and its specialized Aeria X high-resolution RGB camera allows the WildTrack team to meet its growing need for fast and non-invasive data collection over harsh and vast terrains.
With the insights obtained, WildTrack is able to contribute towards detailed rhino protection maps for anti-poaching, resource optimization and rhino management. senseFly drone imagery is also facilitating the generation of high-resolution imaging of objects of interest (cryptic ground evidence) on the ground, such as footprint trails and signs of animal and human activity. This allows the team to contribute towards detailed anti-poaching analysis, particularly with the anticipated use of specialist infrared cameras which will enable them to detect illegal poacher activity and rhinos at night.