This device identifies sonic characteristics of a gunshot from a mile away that reports the location of the shot to local authorities. Originally, wildlife conservationists used camera traps to document illegal poaching. However, if the perpetrators sighted the cameras they destroyed them.
“Current commercial gunshot detection systems cost millions of dollars and require expensive ongoing financial contracts to maintain and monitor them. This system will cost only a few hundred dollars per unit and can be built and deployed by anybody with intermediate electronics and computer science skills, typical of the skilled DIYer,” Paine explained.
There are over a thousand poachers in the United States alone, but only one to five percent of them are caught. This new development could help protect endangered species and eradicate illegal wildlife trafficking and poaching, one of the main threats to biodiversity loss.