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A NEW SMARTPHONE APP DEVELOPED IN ST PETERSBURG IN FLORIDA, USA IS BEING USED TO FIGHT POACHERS IN NORTHERN KENYA.

A new smartphone app developed in St
Petersburg in Florida, USA is being used to fight poachers in northern Kenya.

Fulcrum whose use was perfected by
municipalities and businesses to collect forms and field data is now being used
to track down the location of elephants and ivory smugglers by sharing the
information quickly with game rangers before poachers strike.

The initiative, tenBoma, is a
counter-poaching initiative being piloted by the non-governmental International
Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Kenya Wildlife Service designed to
protect the most endangered Kenyan wildlife by identifying, mapping, and
destroying poaching networks.

“IFAW’s tenBoma project is taking
the lessons learned from counter-terrorism and applying them to wildlife
protection. Fulcrum is a powerful new weapon being used in the battle to
destroy poaching networks,” said IFAW President Mr Azzedine Downes.

PLAN PATROLS

Fulcrum tracks the location of
elephant poachers helping game rangers to plan their patrols. Where any security
threat is detected, it is promptly shared out for effective response from
ground and air surveillance.

“With patrols using Fulcrum-equipped
smartphones, these teams traverse the plains looking for poachers and plot
observations on a real-time map shared with authorities and game rangers. 

The
information is then used to form essential data analysis which is shared out
with local law enforcement and communities around the affected area,” said Mr
Downes.

American Geographical Society Chief
executive Dr John Konarski described the tenBoma initiative as one of the most
important internationally-based projects to effectively address the problem of
illegal wildlife trade.

“The work of the Fulcrum team on the
tenBoma initiative is recognised worldwide as a model for combating the effects
of illegal wildlife trafficking on global security. 

The experts at Fulcrum and
their smartphone technology, lead the industry in having a real and practical
impact on fighting terrorism and protecting our wildlife,” added Dr Konarski.

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