By Sunitha Rao R.
In a month's time, any movement within the 650 sq km area of Nagarahole tiger reserve will be captured with the help of 400 cameras to be fixed.
On Thursday, the initiative was launched with the assistance of CSS Corp, a global technology services company donating 200 cameras to the ministry of Forest, Government of Karnataka, in the phase-1 of the project. By the end of January 2014, the cameras will start functioning in the tiger reserve.
T G Ramesh, CEO of CSS Corp handed over a scouting camera to Ramanath Rai, minister for forest. Speaking at the occasion, Ramanath Rai said that such initiatives will help the ministry in improving the system at tiger reserves. "As it can constantly capture the movement of tiger or any specie in tiger reserve, it helps the department in conducting research," Rai said.
The forest department will install the cameras across the national park in suitable metallic enclosures that protects the cameras from being damaged by elephants or other animals.
The department will also be training the forest guards on using the cameras. The photographs taken by the cameras will have to be downloaded once in five days by transferring the images through the memory chip. The camera can also help in tracking smuggling, theft of forest resources
"Forest has always attracted me as a wildlife photographer. Tiger is at the apex of the eco-system and its conservation is a must, To begin with we are giving 200 cameras in phase 1. Besides, for the phase 2, additional 200 cameras will be given. We are also providing a jeep for the forest guards to collect the pictures from the cameras once in five days," said T G Ramesh.
How does it work?
The cameras are equipped with infra red motion censors, which can be triggered at once by any movement, in a certain region of interest monitored by these cameras. They automatically capture high quality pictures, (upto 8 mega pixel) or records video clips according to preset customer settings. More....