Forest Deptt solves handset shortage issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2018 10:50:08


 

By Ashish Rajput,

The state forest has been divided in seven zones for tigers’ estimation and available android handsets will be transferred from one zone to another in a phased manner during the forthcoming All India Tigers Estimation-2018


Madhya Pradesh Forest Department has solved the problem of android mobile handset shortage for optimum utilisation of advanced mobile software in forthcoming All India Tigers Estimation – 2018. The state forest has been divided in seven zones for tigers’ estimation and available android handsets will be transferred from one zone to another in a phased manner.


Madhya Pradesh, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife), Jitendra Agarwal, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’, informed that the department has only one-fourth android mobile handsets available for tigers’ estimation at more than 9,000 beats in the State. The department has decided to utilise the available android handsets in phased manner in seven zones.


PCCF added that it is the first time when android mobile handsets will be used for data collection through advanced mobile applications like Monitoring System for Tigers – Intensive Protection and Ecological Status (M-STrIPES) ecological module. A long delay in starting preparations for the estimation leads to absence of time with the department in ensuring availability of required gadgets.
Even after having scarcity of android gadgets, the department has planned for better utilisation of available handsets for successful tigers’ estimation in the State.


PCCF, Jitendra Agarwal informed that the State forest area has been divided into seven zones. Available android gadgets will be used in first four zones and the same gadgets will be transferred for estimation work in next three zones. Similarly, the department has around 4,500 camera traps to be used in pairs at only 2,250 spots and the same will be shifted to cover next two square kilometres grid in core areas.


It may be noted that the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) had issued guidelines for using M-STrIPES mobile application for collection and online transferring evidences and data during All India Tigers Estimation – 2018.