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India’s first Artificial Intelligence based wild life monitoring system was developed under the leadership of Dr. S. Santhosh Kumar, HOD, ECE Dept. It is a joint venture by Kerala Forest Wildlife Department Mankulam division, Dept. of Electronics and Communication of Government Engineering College Idukki and GoI GEF UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) India Heritage Mountain Landscape Project.

The Forest department has installed the AI-enabled surveillance camera system to monitor the presence of wild animals near human settlements under the Mankulam forest division in Idukki. Currently it is installed at Perumbankuth and is planned to be extended to 10 other locations under Mankulam division and also in Idukki wild life sanctuary. The system aims to provide real-time warning of wild animal presence to reduce the man-animal conflict on forest borders. The alerts will be shared with elected devices within 30 seconds to one minute. The system consists of an infrared camera, power source, Internet, and AI-based equipment. Animals such as wild elephants, bison, tigers, leopards, and wild boars are included in the system.