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  High Tech eye on forests

In the next six months Tata Consultancy Services [TCS] will implement GeoVun, a forest management software. This will enable effective patrolling of the forests, police poaching and measure the state of the forests. If successfully adopted across the country, there could be a dramatic improvement of forest cover. Tiger enthusiasts hope their tribe may increase - there are only about 1,400 tigers left in the country.

The pilot study will begin over the Sanjay Gandhi National Park outside Mumbai. Using satellite imagery and geographical positioning system hardware, the system will suggest optimal routes for patrolling forest guards.

TCS will cover the cost of Rs 30 lakhs as an expression of its social commitment. That would be in keeping with the Tata’s outlook of how business profits are meaningless if the society does not benefit. Story