Technology from New Zealand company ThinkSafe is used to protect endangered species in the Pacific


ThinkSafe’s mobile technology is used to monitor the safety of thousands of workers in remote and inhospitable environments, and has customized its app to support the United Nations program, the company said.

Andrew Burns, managing director of ThinkSafe, said it helps proactively prevent injuries by using geolocation to identify and communicate potential hazards.

Data collected from the field is also aggregated and analyzed using company-developed algorithms to create incident monitoring and notification models.

“Pacific island ecosystems are among the most biodiverse in the world, but their isolation and relatively recent human occupation means that native species have not evolved to cope with the devastating impact of predators,” said Burns.

“The UN-led initiative is key to helping Pasifika adapt to the impact of global warming and will utilize a workforce of hundreds of employees across island nations working to eliminate IAS from these habitats.”

The working environment can be extremely dangerous, with the infrastructure needed to be able to rescue injured workers often insufficient or ineffective, he said.

Combined with a lack of regulatory oversight and high-level support systems, it can make this role one of the most dangerous jobs.

“As part of the eradication process, workers put themselves at extreme risk of injury, and in many cases the low likelihood of being evacuated from these remote locations in time greatly increases the chance of an injury occurring. deadly.

“These risks range from being attacked by aggressive predators that they attempt to eradicate, including wild dogs and wild boar, severe chemical burns, lacerations occurring while felling trees and clearing brush, as well as the potential for drowning when crossing a river or a boat.

“Our technology, which was developed and extensively field-tested in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, has been modified to meet the unique needs of the United Nations environmental program,” Burns said.

Staff are provided with mobile devices to enable them to record the GPS location of hazards and create reports which are then shared with other workers on the network.

The technology has already been adapted for health and safety monitoring and worker protection in 90 different industries for more than 5,000 users in 24 countries, the company said.


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