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Gemalto's New Technology Helps Save the Rainforest

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Gemalto's New Technology Helps Save the Rainforest


January 16, 2013

By Jody Ray Bennett, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Gemalto (News - Alert), an international company which provides digital security software applications, is contributing to saving the Brazilian rainforest with its new Cinterion (News - Alert) M2M technology. The Netherlands-based Gemalto was founded in 2006 through the merger of two companies, Axalto and Gemplus International. By 2011, the company became the world leader in digital security, reporting earned revenue that year of $2 billion and employing more than 10 thousand people, with offices in 43 countries.

According to a recent report, "Gemalto (GTO), a digital security provider, has revealed that its Cinterion M2M business is providing wireless connectivity for Invisible Tracck, an innovative device used in a pilot program to thwart illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil."

The newly released device was developed by Cargo Tracck, one of the biggest technology developers in Brazil. Powered by Gemalto's Cinterion M2M technology and in sync with local mobile networks, the device tracks trees removed from secured areas by sending position updates from the sensors found in trees to a main server. The Invisible Tracck technology was developed in order to supplement traditional surveillance techniques like radio monitoring and satellite surveillance that were not a  100 percent efficient against unauthorized logging activities.

Not larger than a deck of cards, the device uses Gemalto's very small Cinterion BGS2 module that features innovative localization algorithms, and the new Radiation Exchange Data (RED) technology that increases a wireless signal's range in areas with low reception. The device is installed undercover in the trees, and it automatically sends information on its location as long as it's within 20 miles of a mobile network. This helps Brazil's environmental protection agency as well as its law enforcement agencies respond quickly if unauthorized tree removal is detected. The device withstands the heat climate and humidity, and can last up to a year without recharging its batteries.

The Amazon rainforest spreads over 1.4 billion acres, of which 60 percent is in Brazil. Monitoring each acre through conventional ways is nearly impossible but with the help of powerful devices like the one developed by Cargo Tracck and Gemalto using revolutionary tracking technology, this task is simplified.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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