Smartphones help detect illegal deforestation in real-time

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Illegal logging is a problem around the world, and we've already seen the Malaysia Forestry Department employ RFID tags to track trees if they're felled. Now environmental charity Rainforest Connection wants to be able to detect criminals in action in real-time, by hanging solar-powered smartphones from trees. Based in California, the organization is currently undergoing a pilot project in the Air Tarusan reserve in Sumatra, whereby old Android devices will be fitted with solar panels and hung from the trees. They will be used to constantly monitor the sounds of the local environment through built-in microphones, alerting rangers when the…

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