Microsoft Co-founder, Paul Allen, has boarded on an aggressive action that seeks to stop albatross poachers in Afrika using big data. The goal is to ultimately halt the abatement of the savannah albatross citizenry across the continent.

To try and accomplish this, Allen and his team of conservationists and technologists in affiliation with game park managers accross the abstemious will use the Domain Awareness System (DAS) tool to pre-empt abeyant threats by ivory poachers. DAS was developed by Allen’s company, Vulcan Inc., and it aggregates the locations of radios, vehicles, aircraft and animal sensors to game rangers and park managers with a real-time dashboard that visualizes the wildlife, the people attention the animals and he assorted assets being used to assure them. With this dashboard, DAS users can then detect or pre-empt any actionable activity.


“Accurate data plays a analytical role in conservation. Rangers deserve more than just adherence and good luck. They need to know in real-time what is accident in their parks.” said Paul Allen.

In 2016, the Great Albatross Census (GEC) noted that the savannah albatross citizenry had decreased by 30 percent accross the abstemious mainly as a result of added ivory poaching. Allen’s team also alternate in the GEC which led to the idea for using DAS in the fight adjoin albatross poachers.

DAS is appear to have been installed at six adequate wildlife attention sites since November 2016 and 15 more locations are accepted to adopt the system in 2017.

“When we are fully operational by the end of 2017, the system will cover more than 90,000 square miles of adequate area,” said Ted Schmitt, lead affairs administrator for DAS.

Schmitt added that in their talks with park managers over the last few years they articular a large gap of the account of having a single technology belvedere that could make great use of the data to direct administration efforts and enable deep analysis.

Mike Watson, CEO of Lewa Conservancy where the first DAS accession was deployed in 2016, agrees with Schmitt “DAS has enabled us to authorize a fully chip access to our aegis and anti-poaching work within arctic Kenya,”

“This is making us decidedly more able and accommodating and is assuming us bottomless opportunities for attention applications.” connected Watson.


The GEC counted 352,271 elephants in the 18 countries they surveyed. This number is said to represent at least 93 percent of savannah elephants the 18 countries where the albatross census was conducted. Also, more importantly, the rate of abatement of the albatross citizenry in Afrika is estimated 8 percent per year, primarily due to poaching and it accelerated from 2007 to 2014, making the use DAS a timely admeasurement in trying to curb poaching.

According to Vulcan, the decision and assay capabilities of DAS allow park managers to make actual appropriate decisions to then calmly deploy assets for boycott and active administration of their albatross population.

DAS is also used by the Save the Elephants Tracking App, a mobile tool for rangers and researchers.

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