The State University of Amazonas, UEA, has developed a device to monitor possible threats to the Amazon. The device is in the testing phase and uses artificial intelligence to recognise atypical sounds that identify danger to the jungle. It has been given the name "Curupira", a mythical being from Brazilian folklore known for being the guardian of the forest. The equipment has been adapted to pick up and identify sounds, such as chainsaws, and notify managers so that appropriate measures can be taken. The work consists of spreading the devices out over a maximum of one kilometre so that they can communicate with each other. After capturing the attack on the forest, the curupiras send information by radio frequency to a router, which in turn forwards everything for analysis and visualisation in a computer program. The investment for this first phase came from the private sector. The second phase of the project aims to expand Curupira's capabilities to identify smoke and vibrations, broadening the alert parameters to deal with fires and other types of situations.
Source: Amazon Agency