Help Save the Royal Hedgehogs!

by Smart Earth Network
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Summary

Hedgehogs are in decline! To protect an endangered species we must understand the factors causing decline. A key tool is the bio-tracker attached to the animal enabling it to be tracked and studied. Current trackers are costly, clumsy and limited in functionality. Working with ecologists studying the last surviving colony of hedgehogs in Central London's Royal parks, our volunteer technologists are developing a new state of the art tracker applicable to many similar projects worldwide.
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Challenge

Current trackers are often uncomfortable for the animal, expensive, have limited battery life and require the animal to be retrieved in order to upload the data. A new low cost, much smaller and lighter, long-life tracker able to remotely send location and health data will greatly facilitate the research on endangered species such as the urban hedgehog, ultimately enabling ecologists to improve our chances of saving this and other precious species.

Solution

The project is working with the latest Internet of Things technologies to identify, build and test three solutions based respectively on Lorawan, long range Bluetooth, and Sigfox network technologies. The technology partners are offering their time for free, but piloting will involve expenses (equipment, assembly, field testing). The project will produce open source code trackers for use initially by the Royal Parks Foundation ecologists and in the future by others facing similar challenges.

Long-Term Impact

All three technologies being tested have a role to play in future bio-tracking. Trackahog, in the short term, will help create sustainable urban colonies of hedgehogs. In the longer term, by developing and sharing open source code and the results of prototype testing (accuracy of geolocation, battery life, cost, weight, etc) the project will accelerate the adoption of these new technologies by the ecological community, and in turn greatly advance our ability to conserve many endangered species.

Resources

http:/​/​www.smartearthnetwork.com
Royal Parks Foundation - Hedgehogs in Regents Park

Organization Information

Smart Earth Network

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.smartearthnetwork.com
Project Leader:
Sarah LaBrasca
London, London United Kingdom

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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