Mini drones could could aid conservation

CAMBRIDGE - Environmental scientists at Microsoft Research in the UK are developing new ways of using miniaturised technology to boost wildlife conservation.

Small GPS tags that can be read from the air using drones could save time and reduce manpower in tracking animals.

A metaki tracker device, which can be attached to an animal, communicates with another GPS tag placed on a quadcopter or drone.

The idea of attaching sensors and high definition cameras to automated drones was born in the Microsoft Research lab.

Protecting endangered species is one of the aims of emerging technologies like these.

Using GPS tracking devices and drones like this one means that keeping tabs on endangered species could be made a whole lot easier, but what it also shows is how integral technology is becoming for conservationists.

The Technology for Nature project has even developed networking hardware.

As technology continues to advance, it is likely we may see wildlife and drones side-by-side in the near future.

- eNCA

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