Article: Development of Endangered Animals Surveillance System
Article Category: Computer Science & Engineering
Author: Phesto Peter Namayala
Abstract: In Tanzania, the real-time endangered animal health monitoring system has been a challenge and there has been speculation that many wild animals are dying because of not being attended in time when they get sick. The matter is even worse to younger elephants. In recent years various bio-sensors for animal health management have been invented and developed and some of them are ready for commercialization, among others antibiotic detection, microfluidics, fluoresce resonance energy transfer (FRET), quantum dots, surface Plasmon resonance technology (SPR) and hybrid technology are widely used. However, there is a need for integrating all the available sensors and create an efficient online monitoring system so that animal health status can be monitored in real-time without delay. To furnish this research and integrate components to create a real-time online monitoring system we used both qualitative and quantitative research design, questionnaires with a closed-ended question were used for data collection and finally SPSS was applied when analyzing data to present findings. The research ended with the development of a prototype which may help gamekeeper to online monitor health parameters and elephants’ location whenever there is an abnormal situation.
Keyword: Health, Endangered Animals, Real time monitoring, Elephants, Management