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Gemalto's Cinterion M2M Technology Helps to Crackdown on Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon


January 16, 2013

By Mandira Srivastava, TMCnet Contributor


Traditional satellite surveillance and radio monitoring equipment are not enough to check the illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.

So, Cargo Tracck, a technology company in Brazil, has developed a device- Invisible Tracck, with use of Gemalto’s (News - Alert) Cinterion M2M technology that can be put on trees to help fight deforestation. The device sends alarm notifications to officials if illegally harvested trees are detected.


It seems that Gemalto is doing its bit to save the environment.

The device uses Gemalto’s Cinterion (News - Alert) M2M technology together with local cellular networks to send location updates from sensors in trees to a central server allowing officials to remotely track trees removed from protected areas.

The Gemalto-powered Invisible Tracck solution detects unauthorized logging activities missed by traditional satellite surveillance and radio monitoring.

This tiny device includes Gemalto’s tiny Cinterion BGS2 module with cutting-edge localization algorithms and new Radiation Exchange Data (RED) technology that extends the range of wireless communications in low signal areas.

Marcelo Hayashi, GM of Cargo Tracck said in a statement, “Gemalto’s Cinterion M2M was vital in enabling us to develop a tracking and tracing solution rugged enough to withstand the heat and moisture of the Amazon, their M2M module is unique because it’s small for inconspicuous deployment in the field and power efficient enough to operate over long stretches of time without recharging batteries, which is crucial when tracking trees in remote areas.”

 This solution is installed in trees located in active harvesting areas and sends alarm notifications and exact location information to officials as soon as trees pass within 20 miles of a cellular network.

It will be helpful for law enforcement and the Brazilian environmental protection agency, IBAMA, to respond in real- time, trace the loggers to sawmills and prevent the sale and profit from illegally harvested lumber.

 The main causes of Amazon deforestation are illegal trafficking of timber wood, minerals and the increase of agriculture land and stockbreeding. 

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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