51 Degrees Limited, a deployment partner of EarthRanger, has worked with Vulcan Inc. to create a configuration of EarthRanger with custom reports and processes specifically designed for locust data collection, as well as real-time monitoring of aircraft response.
To better help those responding to the locust swarms, EarthRanger has integrated with FAO’s eLocust3m
, a mobile app released in February 2020 to provide a quick and easy way for those on the ground to report new locust sightings. eLocust3m was developed by Plant Village, a long-time partner of FAO, as a mobile phone version of eLocust3, a surveillance technology used to track infestations around the world. The app provides in-country communications and chat to share geo-referenced reports of locust movements and control operations in real-time. With the addition of EarthRanger, FAO as well as county and national authorities are able to get a birds-eye view of the situation and operationalize the data collected to inform mitigation activities.
“EarthRanger was developed to empower protected area managers and rangers to proactively plan security strategies, and to inform immediate reactions to prevent and mitigate threats to wildlife and their habitats,” said Jes Lefcourt, principal product manager of EarthRanger at Vulcan Inc. “We’re thrilled that this technology can also be applied to other, critically important challenges like FAO’s efforts to save communities’ food supplies.”