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Vulcan joins OpenCollar Initiative to support tech advancement

Demonstrating continued commitment to finding the best tools to promote wildlife conservation, EarthRanger has joined the OpenCollar Initiative to promote open source conservation tech development. Led by Smart Parks, the initiative includes WWF, Save The Elephants, Peace Parks, IRNAS, Lacuna Space, Wildlabs, Conservify, and Arribada.

The initiative calls for open source development of tracking collar hardware and software to facilitate learning and sharing of best practices to accelerate tech advancement. As explained by Jeroen de Looze, one of the initiative's founders, "If we can make deploying collars easier then wildlife experts can collar more animals, generate more data, create more actionable intelligence and share as much as possible to benefit the conservation of our rapidly disappearing natural world."

Vulcan EarthRanger is a software platform that collects information on activity in a protected area—the animals and assets being protected, the rangers protecting them, and threats or potential poaching—into a single, integrated, real-time visualized operational platform. With EarthRanger, Protected Area Management can more quickly analyze and proactively interdict poaching activity.