"This technology could change the way we find and monitor threatened species, saving us both time and money."
Tania Pettitt, Partnership Manager ‘Saving our Species’ program NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
A flagship threatened species conservation program, Saving our Species is an element of the NSW Government’s Environment portfolio. As part of this, $100 million, over five years (2016 – 2021), has been committed to help secure the future of NSW threatened plants and animals. Saving our Species combines best-practice science and research, with practical on-ground actions that directly benefit threatened species and the land they inhabit.
Locating and monitoring threatened plants and animals can be difficult in the rugged and vast Australian landscape. It was for this reason that Fujitsu approached the Saving our Species program (SoS) as it identified an opportunity to apply its advanced technology and analytics to make threatened species monitoring more efficient.
Fujitsu and SoS worked with drone specialist, Carbonbix, to dispatch a drone fitted with a 5kg hyperspectral video camera capable of taking five photos a second. Pictures were analysed using Fujitsu Advanced Image Recognition software to detect threatened plants
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