Over the years, the internet has certainly shown its enormous capability for facilitating worthy causes. Recently, even the popular dating application Tinder has opened a new world of potential for social responsibility with its latest environmental campaign called “The World’s Most Eligible Bachelor,” which was conceptualized by Ogilvy Africa to bring attention to the plight of Sudan, the world’s last male white rhino.
But beyond the realm of advertising campaigns and corporate social responsibility, internet connectivity itself is changing the way we deal with environmental challenges. These days, we are employing the very infrastructure that makes internet connectivity possible and using it to our advantage. For instance, the deployment of wireless broadband hardware is proving to be very helpful in projects that aim to protect endangered and vulnerable wildlife, as well as the environment in general. Here are just some of the ways wireless broadband is making a difference.
Monitoring Endangered Species
Conservationists and environmental organizations can set up basic monitoring systems using broadband connectivity, surveillance cameras, and computers. Taking photos and videos using drone- or collar-mounted cameras can help heighten security, improve communication, and gather relevant data. These also serve as important identification tools, not only for the animals under observation, but also for people that interact with them.
Using PMP hardware for wildlife monitoring, conservationists can also connect and share information with their counterparts and other relevant groups. This is helpful especially in coordinating conservation and protection efforts, as well as gathering valuable data that can aid in developing new strategies or even bolstering discoveries for a better understanding of these animals.
Learning More About Animal Behavior
It’s not just endangered species that can be monitored through a wireless broadband connection, but indeed, entire ecosystems within a specific area. Researchers can gain access to different information and study them in relation to their goals. Among the possible areas of focus are the animals’ mating rituals, migratory patterns, hunting and eating habits, interactions and relationships, and more.
By learning more about these animals and their behaviors, different groups can work on solutions and programs backed by scientific data—large volumes of which can be sent to multiple recipients at the same time with the help of a PMP wireless broadband infrastructure.
Keeping Protected Areas Safe
There are both local and global areas deemed “protected” by different groups like the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). By installing strategically placed equipment in these protected areas, agencies responsible for the monitoring and protection of these jurisdictions can receive important real-time information about them.
Wireless broadband connectivity can also help transmit information regarding security breaches within these protected areas, which is especially important if there are animal or plant species that are prone to hunting, poaching, and any form of systematic destruction.
Through sensors installed around an agricultural area, farmers can receive information if a certain area is experiencing severe environmental conditions such as a drought. This way, they can activate or even pre-program an automatic irrigation system, which can counter the negative effects of a parching and erosion. Sensors can also send soil nutrient information, especially after weather disturbances like tornadoes and hurricanes, so that fertilizer dosages can be optimized.
Pollution Detection and Management
A wireless broadband infrastructure equipped with environmental sensors can also assess the presence of pollutants by drawing in air or water and reading the level of emissions within the samples. Once the data has been received and analyzed, further inspections and corresponding actions may be ordered and applied.
Apart from urban areas and metropolises, locations that can benefit from these pollution detectors include industry centers and business districts, as well as bodies of water located within or near these areas. Local governments can also install these detection systems in and near rivers, streams, and seas that are part of (or close to) highly populated areas.
Modern technology, when used properly, can not only make our lives easier, but also more meaningful and purposeful. Nature is usually at the receiving end of the negative effects of technology, but with careful planning and application, communication technologies can be valuable tools in preserving and protecting our environment.