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Now, an app to help in olive ridley turtles’ conservation

Turtify has been developed by two engineering students

Two students of a private engineering college have come out with a mobile application that can come in handy for the Forest Department to pool in data for conservation of olive ridley turtles and their eggs.

Known as Turtify, the application has been created by Harish Anantharaman and Abdullah Mubarak, two final year Information Technology students of Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur. The two are members of CARE – the Eco Club of the college.

“T. Murugavel, professor and head, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, introduced us to the world of ecology. We went for turtle walk and spoke to members of Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN) and forest officials to get an idea of what they need,” said Mr. Harish.

Based on the inputs given by the Forest Department, the students designed the mobile application to help conservationists, who take part in turtle walks.

“Upon spotting nest on the shore during turtle walks, the conservationist take the eggs, measure details such as the cavity width of the nest, distance between the surface and eggs, neck width of the nest among other details,” he said.

Subsequently, the details of every nest, eggs translocated, hatched, hatchlings released are recorded manually. However, this data is not stored in an online repository. Due to this, sharing data to other teams and to the Forest Department becomes a huge task apart from knowing exact location of where the nest was spotted. “By using the Turtify app, all the teams can enter their relevant data onto the application. When a nest is being reported, the exact location of the user is arrived upon and after this they can proceed to fill in the details of the nest,” said Mr. Harish

Similarly, the number of hatchlings released and their location can also be recorded. The user can also provide pictures of the nest, all of which is uploaded onto a cloud repository. Once data is fed, other users of the app who belong to the same organisation would receive a push notification on their phones.

Data safety

The Turtify app implements high standards of encryption to make data storage as secure as possible. “Users can report injured or even dead turtles that they come across. The app also provides general information about the turtle species and a brief about the Turtle walks that take place in Chennai,” said Mr. Murugavel. The students gave a presentation about the application last year. “But it is yet to be taken up by the Forest Department,” Mr. Murugavel said.

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