The National Tiger Conservation Authority-approved electronic surveillance has been provided to Corbett — a first of its kind for a national park. The e-surveillance cameras can scan 360 degrees and track animal and human movement. It is an excellent tool for checking poaching as well as studying the migratory route of the big jumbos.
The 24x7 live surveillance with recording will be able to detect human interference in the park and sound an alert when necessary.
Habitat destruction, cutting of trees, grazing can be tracked and appropriate alarms raised. Animal movement alerts are sounded for elephants, deer and the neelghai or blue bull groups.
Vigilance can be mounted in areas sensitive to poaching. The E-Eye will help in planning and decision-making at the park as all activities will be summarized as reports. It can also sound alerts related to diseases, abnormalities and mortality.
The status of the prey base can be tracked and the movement around waterholes.
The E-Eye, located at Dhara Sot, on the fringes of Corbett, has short range infra-red night vision camera stations; long range thermal camera stations; remotely operated cameras and wi-max devices. It is a solar-powered system with solar fencing for protection.
Forest teams from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have already visited Corbett and are hoping to get an E-Eye to help with their forest and animal protection work.