Andy Hickl is talking about Vulcan Inc. and how it is working to support the use of UAVs to aid with crisis management, transportation of supplies (like blood samples from potential Ebola victims), and poaching enforcement to save endangered species.
Unfortunately, efforts to curb poaching has been unsuccessful and the loss of many large endangered animals are already to far gone. More ideas are needed to increase the effectiveness of sensors, longer range, and more automation is needed to really effect change in the long run.
The local syndicates are well equipped and easily deploy around the activities of drone crews. The fear of drone attacks do intimidate poachers for now, but as awareness about UAVs increases the realization that not all drones are weaponized.
There is a large demand for near real-time tracking of animal groups. If we can track the animals, we can predict were the poachers will be.