PROTECTING THE RAINFOREST

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          PROTECTING THE RAINFOREST

          DETECTING ILLEGAL LOGGING AND PROTECTING THREATENED SPECIES

          At Huawei, we believe intelligent technology can help us build a better world. And that a better-connected world will help people, animals and the planet.

          Deforestation is a truly global issue, destroying some of the earth's richest ecosystems. Leaving many magnificent animals like spider monkeys close to extinction. The rapid loss of our forests not only harms wildlife and local communities but is a huge contributor to the climate crisis.

          In Central America, we’re working with non-profit Rainforest Connection to use AI, big data and old Huawei phones to listen to the rainforest. To detect and fight illegal logging and to help protect some of the earth’s most threatened species. 

          USING HUAWEI TECHNOLOGY TO LISTEN TO THE FOREST

          Founder of Rainforest Connection, Topher White, has developed a clever strategy to protect the rainforest from illegal logging: using upcycled Huawei phones to listen out for the sound of destruction.

          Illegal logging accounts for 50-90 % of forestry activities in key producer tropical forests, yet detecting chainsaws and other related sounds can be tough.

          The rainforest’s sounds are often too complex for humans to interpret but with the power of our AI and cloud technology, Rainforest Connection’s systems are able to listen to the forest. Learning to decipher nature’s sounds and detect danger as it happens.

          HOW IT WORKS

          Solar-powered monitoring systems containing Huawei phones are deployed deep within the forest.

          These ‘Guardian’ systems can work around the clock for two years, collecting the complex sounds of the rainforest and uploading it to the cloud. Huawei's powerful big data service is used to store and manage the thousands of hours of audio data collected.

          Our advanced AI service analyses these sounds, detecting threatening noises, such as chainsaws or trucks. Local rangers are alerted in real time and sent the location for further investigation.

          PROTECTING THREATENED SPECIES

          The benefits of rainforest listening doesn’t stop with real-time intervention. In addition, we are helping Rainforest Connection build intelligent models that detect and analyse spider monkeys' sounds, providing information about their habitat, and even daily habits. The more we understand about nature’s symphony, the better we can protect all threatened creatures.

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