On January 6, members of the USAID-funded Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking Program (ARREST) team presented Wildscan to the Mobile Solutions for Development Workshop at the Regional Development Mission Asia’s Regional Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand.

Wildscan is an endangered species identification and response smartphone application currently under development with Vimi.co., Ltd., and is expected to be released in mid-2014.  The application will help wildlife law enforcement officials to correctly identify endangered species, temporarily care for species found in trafficking until experts arrive, and report wildlife crime to other law enforcement counterparts.

ARREST’s Wildscan presentation was one of many highlights of the workshop, which brought stakeholders from the private and non-governmental sectors currently developing mobile technology solutions to foster development in Asia.  The Mobile Solutions workshop also provided a unique platform to explore collaboration opportunities between diverse organizations that may not have met otherwise.  ARREST works with technology companies such as Vimi to achieve greater program impact and sustainability.

Source:   USAID/RDMA Regional Environment Office Weekly Update