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Sri Lanka Initiates Programme to Fit GPS Collars on Wild Elephants to Minimize Deaths

Under the direction of DWC Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara, the programme was immediately implemented

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Sri Lanka had recorded a high number of elephant deaths in the past two years and environmentalists had raised serious concerns. Pixabay

Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said on Monday that it had initiated a programme to fit GPS collars on wild elephants in a bid to minimize the escalating human-elephant conflict prevailing across the island country.

The Department said that Sri Lanka had recorded a high number of elephant deaths in the past two years and environmentalists had raised serious concerns, reports Xinhua news agency.

Under the direction of DWC Director General M.G.C. Sooriyabandara, the programme was immediately implemented in the Uva province which was one of the worst areas affected by the human-elephant conflict.

The programme would soon be implemented in other parts of the island.

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Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) said on Monday that it had initiated a programme. Pixabay

The government said the death toll from Sri Lanka’s human-elephant conflict hit a record high with over 375 people killed by wild elephants and over 1,100 elephants killed by humans within the last five years.

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Official records show the population of wild elephants in Sri Lanka is estimated at 7,500. (IANS)

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Social Media Giant Facebook Acquires New Start-up That Uses AI Vision To Find Location

The start-up's cloud-based "Visual Positioning Service" translates images into 3D maps that deliver a precise outdoor location across entire cities

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Full terms of the deal remain as yet unknown, although a Companies House update reveals that Facebook Inc now has majority control of the company (more than 75 per cent). Pixabay

Facebook has acquired Scape Technologies — a London-based computer vision start-up working on location accuracy beyond the capabilities of GPS.

Full terms of the deal remain as yet unknown, although a Companies House update reveals that Facebook Inc now has majority control of the company (more than 75 per cent).

“However by looking at other filings, including a recent share issue, I understand the price could be about $40 million,” TechCrunch reported on Saturday.

The start-up’s cloud-based “Visual Positioning Service” translates images into 3D maps that deliver a precise outdoor location across entire cities.

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Facebook has acquired Scape Technologies — a London-based computer vision start-up working on location accuracy beyond the capabilities of GPS. Pixabay

It is pertinent to note that it’s not yet clear what Facebook intends to do with Scape. But, the augmented reality (AR) glasses may be the best fit.

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Founded in 2017, Scape Technologies was developing a “Visual Positioning Service” based on computer vision which lets developers build apps that require location accuracy far beyond the capabilities of GPS alone. (IANS)