Indian forests have always been under pressure, but in the recent years, it has been more so. While the coverage has grown per the ISFR 2019 (Indian State of Forest Resources), protecting the forests has never been easy.
In a recent conversation with a forest official, we discussed as to how we can put the emerging technologies toward forest protection and conservation. The Internet of things, one such emerging technology, can be leveraged to benefit the environment and sustainable development of the nation.
While the key technologies that power IoT keeps on evolving, the core philosophy remains the same. We need a way to "see" the way the things are (using appropriate sensors/devices for sound, vibration, image, GPS, temperature, moisture and so on), communicate the information to a place where the gathered information is analyzed, and communicate the insights/advice to help in taking suitable actions. In this way, implementing effective forest protection using IoT is a distinct possibility. Know more how IoT can help augment forest protection in this blog post here.