Proposed in 2018, EleSense is an IoT powered network of sensors that track and subsequently alerts nearby villagers of elephant movement. Developed with Sri Lanka in mind, EleSense aims to better equip villagers in rural areas in order to prevent human-elephant conflict – a major source of accidental deaths for both parties. EleSense would consist of a network of seismic sensors along with tailored software to transmit the elephant activity. Sensors, such as geophone sensors and additional support devices, would be used extensively around the area in order to capture the full extent of elephant movement. The tailored software would then receive the telemetry data from the seismic sensors, analyzing whether or not the movement appears to originate from elephants. Once elephant movement is detected, alerts would be sent out to mobile network subscribers and trigger alarms within the target village. Information could also be transmitted to wildlife officers in an attempt to help deter the elephants from the target area. A major drawback to such IoT sensor networks is the need for electricity within areas of operation. EleSense also operates on the assumption that the villagers have access to both a mobile phone and network, which is not widespread throughout rural Sri Lanka. As of 2020, EleSense does not appear to have undertaken pilot trials.


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