Gabon | Always-on gunshot detection technology being tested as anti-poaching device in Loango NP
Working under cover of night in parks as large as US states, poachers are skilled in avoiding detection. If they kill with silencers on their rifles, the animal’s death is not likely to be noticed right away, even if it is wearing a tracking collar. Monitoring an animal’s tracking data is sometimes more of a check-in than continuous surveillance. Before rangers reach the location and confirm an animal has been poached, the poachers have fled the area.
This is the scenario that Vanderbilt University researcher Ákos Lédeczi and his team are trying to solve with an acoustic shockwave detection system.