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HiSilicon | How AI Is Protecting Rare Species

In a lush, leafy forest,
The sun shines through the thick tree canopy.
Flowers sway gently in the breeze.
Birds chirp out sweet tunes.
This is an area that's teeming with biodiversity,
Which we're all so fortunately to live amidst.

海思 | 智慧的“眼睛”,AI守护珍稀动物

Biodiversity, however, is being undermined by human activity.
China is home to a significant number of endangered species.
Human-induced fragmentation and habitat disturbance
Has posed an existential threat to rare species,
Which rapid economic growth and environmental degradation have only exacerbated.

HiSilicon has been worked closely with conservationists to help protect endangered species.
The case study on Amur leopard monitoring and retrieval demonstrates how leading-edge communications networks, networked trail cameras, and AI technologies can work in concert to drive efficient and effective conservation.

The Siberian tiger (Amur leopard) is one of the biggest cats on Earth, and native to Northeast Asia, often crossing between Siberia (Russia), North Korea, and Northeast China. As of early 2015, habitat destruction and poaching had dwindled their numbers, so that there were only 500 Siberian tigers left in the wild.

海思 | 智慧的“眼睛”,AI守护珍稀动物

But now, thanks to technological breakthroughs, various data from thousands of miles away can be sent back to workstations in real time via a real-time communications network. Artificial intelligence (AI) has helped conservationists identify species, as well as capture high-quality images, with invalid images filtered out via algorithms. Big data analysis keeps conservationists informed of animal populations and habitat statuses, helping them monitor and protect rare species in a timely manner.

海思 | 智慧的“眼睛”,AI守护珍稀动物

The monitoring and research center of Siberian tigers and Amur leopards under the National Forestry and Grassland Administration has launched a monitoring system for the Northeast Tiger and Leopard National Park. The system covers the entire national park, and is the first-ever solution of its kind designed for real-time monitoring of the living conditions of endangered animals. It's all-inclusive as well, covering water, soil, and air, among other natural resources. The monitoring system consists of three layers: field information collection, real-time transmission, and data analysis and processing. The infrared trail cameras installed in the system are powered by HiSilicon chipsets, and capable of generating high-definition images and videos, which are in turn used for high-precision, intelligence-based monitoring, evaluation, and management.

HiSilicon takes the complexity of outdoor environments into account, especially the challenge posed by nighttime forest conditions. Its state-of-the-art night photography and videography technology delivers crystal clear images, even under total darkness.

海思 | 智慧的“眼睛”,AI守护珍稀动物

HiSilicon-chipset powered cameras are not just a great tool for HD image capturing. They also observe, detect, identify, and analyze on an intelligent basis, incorporating AI capabilities in order to better protect rare species.

HiSilicon AI is well on the way to helping build a better world.