Drone surveillance has unlimited applications, from security purposes to climate photography, but thanks to this AI software, the unmanned aerial vehicles can also be used to protect wild animals and track the movement of poachers as a force for good. Technology firm Neurala is working with the Lindbergh Foundation in regions affected by wildlife poaching including Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe as part of the organization's Air Shepherd project. They have also received requests to work in Zambia, Mozambique and Botswana.
The animal-protecting AI software monitors streamed video that is captured by drones. The drones can fly for up to 5 hours and the software can identify extremely endangered animals like elephants and rhinos in real time.