2021 World Wildlife Day Film Showcase: Forests

How Old Cell Phones Are Protecting the Rainforest

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How Old Cell Phones Are Protecting the Rainforest is the award winner of the Future of Forests Short Form category sponsored by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

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Planted high in jungle treetops, used cell phones power by small solar panels record and upload the surrounding sounds of the landscape. In real-time, the audio is analyzed by AI software that can recognize chainsaws, logging trucks, and other signs of illegal logging nearby and notify locals to the problem. This project by Rainforest Connection is helping to put a stop to illegal logging in Indonesia and 11 other countries.

  • Runtime
    6 minutes