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Huawei reuses cell phones with 3G technology to manufacture monitoring systems for endangered species

Merida Yucatan. Huawei will provide cameras with 3G technology to collect information on the behavior and habits of the animals of Yucatan to learn about the effects that climate change has had on its ecosystem.

Today, in Mexico phones with 3G predominate. This technology, which allows sending emails, messages and surfing the Internet, is accessed by 52% of the population. But the forecast of the global organization GSMA is that by 2025 3G will drop to 30%, while 4G technology will prevail in the country, reaching 54% of the population. But Huawei has already found an alternative use for 3G.

Martín Portillo Concha, director of digital strategy for Huawei Mexico, explained that the technology company of Chinese origin created the cameras from “the 3G equipment that practically people no longer want” but that still have a potential use as in this case. to monitor endangered species.

The data generated by the cameras will be sent to the Huawei cloud so that information can later be generated for the development of strategies for the preservation of endangered species.

Michael Xue, vice president of Huawei Latin America, specified that Huawei will use algorithms based on artificial intelligence to purge the data so that it can be used by researchers to generate strategies focused on preserving and caring for endangered species.

“The data transmitted from acoustic-type monitoring sensors and cameras will allow us to obtain more knowledge of endangered species,” Xue said at a press conference.

The species care initiative is part of the Tech4Nature project in partnership with the Yucatan government, the state Secretariat for Sustainable Development, by C Minds, the Polytechnic University of Yucatan and the Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Mauricio Vila, governor of Yucatan, specified that for the start of the project there will be 15 cameras and the participation of 50 students from the Polytechnic University.

Nadine Seleem, Program Officer for the Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), specified that the data generated can be used to generate comprehensive public policies that promote nature-based solutions. In addition, he said, this project can lay the foundations for the generation of biodiversity bonds to cover investment opportunities and resource mobilization focused on conservation.

These types of projects have been carried out in four countries such as Spain, China, Switzerland and the Mauritius Islands and now in Mexico.