‘Suwadu’, a mobile application used by the Forest Department to monitor the daily movements and patterns of Anti-Poaching Watchers and illegal tourism inside the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR).
Earlier the use of Global Positioning System helped the department assess patrolling patterns of their forest staff. But Suwadu, a cost-effective app helps them to keep track of APWs and ensure that the entire park is under constant surveillance.
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With a simple push of a button, data’s are transmitted and logged into a server every three seconds, where the entire movement of APWs, time taken for patrol operations is examined by officials for review.
It also has a drop-down menu, where the geo-tagged photos of direct and indirect animal sightings, watering holes etc. can be clicked and will be downloaded to a cloud server.
The department has identified 150km of Lantana that needs to be removed immediately. The cleared areas will serve as pathways which will help the Forest Department in monitoring the area and also will serve as a quick escape route in case of a forest fire for animals.