Drone tech to be added to state’s arsenal against illegal logging

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

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KUCHING, Nov 9: Drone technology will be used to enhance the profiling and security of the state’s forests to ensure sustainability of the state’s natural resources.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the drone is a model invention that can detect signals and collect data.

Due to its ability to fly at high altitudes and collect data at the same time, it can replace forest rangers.

With relevant data, Abang Johari said the enforcement may be enhanced.

“As you know, I have mentioned about illegal logging. In layman’s terms, what you need now is a drone ranger instead of forest ranger.

“Drones can detect from the sky and profiling of the forest can be detected from the sky through the camera, and that camera can zoom in. When you zoom in, you can detect movement on the ground.

“This technology will enhance our supervision of our resources,” said Abang Johari while officiating at the International Conference on Computer and Drone Application (IConDA) 2017 at a local resort here today.

As drones are also used to collect data, he said at the end of the day, there must be a system to store the information and database which must be protected.

“As far as Sarawak is concerned, we have a big land mass and long border; we have to protect our resources.

“The resources have to be exploited professionally, and that will create what we call sustainability,” he said.

He said Sarawak has sustainable forests especially when the state had just declared 2.5 million hectares at the Heart of Borneo as a natural reserve.

“So you have to protect and to monitor it, or else you have illegal loggers coming and that will affect the environment and this climate change. Anything can happen,” he said.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari who is the chairman of Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) said the SMA bill which was just passed would deal with more than just social media.

SMA would oversee any area involving cyber activities and the Internet as well as online platforms. — DayakDaily