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New technologies

This MOOC will introduce the context of these technologies applied to conservation, existing techniques, prerequisites for their implementation, their scientific and / or technical basis, their opportunities and limitations, their uses in the field etc. Some basics in regards to communications, data storage, software and energy availability will be explained, and new developments such as blockchain will be presented along with examples from the field.

Start : 2024-02-05 End : 2024-06-30 Status : Ongoing

MOOC Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction to new technologies

1.2 New technologies: definition
1.3 Internet of things
1.4 New technologies and protected areas
1.5 Prerequisites for a connected park
1.6 Useful resources

Module 2: Sensors

2.2 Camera traps
2.3 Camera traps: uses
2.4 Acoustic sensors
2.5 Acoustic sensors: uses
2.7 Environmental monitoring

Module 3: Vehicling sensors

3.2 Types of drones
3.3 Piloting
3.4 First person view
3.5 Sensors placed on animals
3.6 Sensors carried by people

Module 4: Communication

4.2 Different communication methods
4.3 Radio communication
4.4 GPS
4.6 Satellite and Wifi

Module 5: Ways of storing data

5.2 Ways of storing data
5.3 Evaluating storage needs
5.4 Pros and cons of different storage devices
5.5 External storage
5.6 Example from the WDPA

Module 6: Software

6.2 Sotftware and conservation
6.3 Antipoaching software
6.4 Citizen science
6.5 Collaborative conservation tools
6.6 Visitor support

Module 7: Energy

7.2 Basics in electricity
7.3 Sources of electric energy
7.4 Storage of electrical power
7.5 Electricity supply and consumption

Module 8: Blockchain

8.2 Concept of blockchain
8.3 Blockchain: new possibilities
8.4 Blockchain applications
8.5 New uses for blockchain
8.6 Other emerging technologies

The instructors

There are four main instructors presenting this course: Geoffroy Mauvais (IUCN-Papaco), Roman Eyholzer (Porini Foundation), Simon Hodgkinson (SEN) and Pierre-Yves Rochat (EPFL).The content of the course was created by these instructors as well as the teams of IUCN-Papaco, Senghor University and EPFL.

Practical information

Follow this course online, on this platform, at your own pace.
Duration: 40 hours of work online and offline (this is an estimate, the reality depends on each student).
Price: free (including the attestation).