Now or Never: Tackling Climate Change with IoT Solutions

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By Kateryna Dubrova | 4Q 2020 | IN-5940


Huawei's Cloud AI Rainforest Connection Program


On September 22, 2020, another iconic landmark was added to New York: the Colossal Climate Clock that counts down to the global deadline for irreversible climate change. According to the current clock count, there are slightly more than 7 years left to take action for preservation and change towards sustainable livelihoods and industrial activities. One of the critical contributors to climate change is deforestation, which accounts for 17% of all global carbon emissions.

Huawei Technologies Philippines (Huawei) is pivoting the application of IoT technologies for the deforestation use case in collaboration with the Philippines' Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The company deployed its first Rainforest Connection Program in the first quarter of 2020. As part of the program, Huawei deploys its cloud AI RFCx to develop models to detect the sounds of spider monkeys and chainsaws used for illegal logging. Huawei uses "Guardians," upcycled smartphones that can detect sounds within a 3 km range.


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