January 24, 2018
COIMBATORE: Wouldn't it be possible to avoid man-elephant conflicts if there were an early warning system to alert people about the movement of wild elephants in their area? And that's what exactly city-based N Parthiparajan, 33, and S Suresh, 29, have done.
The device would be now used at Thadagam area and Periyanaickenpalayam forest range on a pilot basis to curb man-animal conflicts.
Forest department officials said if the trials were a success, the device would be installed in many places of Coimbatore forest division.
Parthiparajan, president, Western Ghats Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Suresh, proprietor of 3Q technologies, said they developed the GSM (global system for mobile communications)-based device to alert the people residing along the forest fringes about the movement of elephants.
The device has a SIM card with more than 250-300 mobile numbers of villagers fed to it.
The device would be fixed atop of a pole along the forest fringes and it would be connected to a siren and a revolving LED light.
The SIM card details would be shared with two villagers and three field staff of the forest department, they said.
If the designated villagers and field staff were to spot wild elephant(s) near the village, they would dial the mobile number of the device by using their mobile phone.
Immediately, the villagers would get an alert about the elephant movement.