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Kashmir Robotics


The Power of Collaboration and Innovation

Kashmir Robotics, as the science and technology division of Kashmir World Foundation, has taken on the mantle of the Technology Assisted Counter-Poaching (TACP) Network. Through this acquisition, Kashmir Robotics ensures that promising concepts receive support from cutting-edge science and engineering expertise.

Kashmir Robotics specializes in the development and integration of tailored, mission-oriented unmanned aerial systems (UASs) equipped with artificial intelligence. These UASs can process data onboard, making them highly effective tools for wildlife conservation and anti-poaching efforts.

The TACP Network, established in 1991, was initially formed to offer technical guidance to global organizations dedicated to safeguarding endangered species and wildlife. The network comprises scientists, engineers, researchers, and conservationists with extensive experience in countering poaching and wildlife trafficking through the application of sensors, communications, computational technologies, and integrated robotic systems, including unmanned aircraft and ground systems.


Start Small, Think Big, Act Now

As dusk descends on the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a family of black rhinos move  quietly away from the water hole toward a resting place in the bush.  They are among the last of their kind, the species having been hunted to near extinction, and this evening they are not alone. A group of men  have entered Kruger from neighboring Mozambique. They come from a  poor village, but they are carrying expensive weapons. Two men carry AK-47 assault rifles to shoot park rangers, one carries a high-caliber rifle to shoot rhinos, and one carries an ax to cut off the horn of the dying animal.


Traffickers in the criminal network paid a good price for the equipment and information, but it will be well worth the effort if they are able to kill a rhino. The horn is one of the most valuable materials on Earth, worth more than six times the value of gold on the streets of Vietnam and China, where it is believed to have  great medicinal power. Criminal networks profit on that superstition,  while environmentalists race to educate potential consumers about the  fallacy of rhino horn medicine.

The horns are made from a material called keratin, which is about the  same as human fingernails. In fact, simply eating your own nails would provide more keratin than a typical dose of rhino horn. Perhaps in a few generations, the demand for rhino horn will decrease, but unless the poaching ends, the rhinos will be gone in just a few years. Stopping the poachers has been a  losing proposition. In Kruger National Park, which is 7,580 square  miles (a little smaller than the state of New Jersey), poachers have been relatively free to operate, despite the constant presence of rangers on foot and in ground vehicles. Poachers are  supported by a modern and well- funded intelligence network that includes human sources, signals intercepts, and aerial surveillance.

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