IDENTIFLIGHT TO STUDY BIRD SPECIES AT FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN SITE
LOUISVILLE, Colo., Oct. 2, 2023
LOUISVILLE, Colo., Oct. 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- IdentiFlight is pleased to announce its entry in South Africa. KAP Limited (KAP) has purchased the first IdentiFlight system in South Africa as part of a research plan for their Renewable Energy Strategy, and contracted Proconics to assist with purchase and installation of the IdentiFlight system.
The first IdentiFlight system in South Africa will be installed as a study unit to develop a better understanding of sensitive species, such as the cape vulture, Verreaux's eagle, and black harrier.
"At KAP, we are committed to the long-term sustainability of our environment," stated Gielie Riemers, Group Manager for KAP Energy. "We actively identify ways to reduce our impact and protect natural resources. This IdentiFlight unit will help us better understand the biodiverse environment and allows us to protect the rare bird species found at some of our locations."
The IdentiFlight system blends artificial intelligence with high-precision optical technology to detect and classify avian species with more than 99 percent accuracy and up to one kilometer away. Proprietary software and neural network technologies process the images to determine 3D position, velocity, trajectory, and sensitive species of interest, all within seconds of detection.
Since 2016, IdentiFlight has been used in wind farms across four continents to detect threats to sensitive species. IdentiFlight can curtail specific turbines that pose a risk to these birds of interest. IdentiFlight systems can be deployed for data collection and monitoring purposes at prospective wind farm sites or operating wind farms alike. Multi-year, independent research has confirmed that IdentiFlight reduces avian fatalities in wind farms by over 85 percent.
"IdentiFlight is elated to work with KAP to learn more about South African species," said Don Mills, President and Chief Operations Officer of IdentiFlight. "This study unit will collect millions of data points including bird counts, location, and behavior observations. This metadata will provide KAP with the information they need for effective mitigation and future risk minimization of sensitive avian species on their sites."
Learn more about IdentiFlight by visiting www.IdentiFlight.com or visit booth C5 at the Windaba Conference and Exhibition at the Cape Town International Conference Centre, CTICC2, 3-5 October 2023 in South Africa.
IdentiFlight markets, delivers, and operates machine vision and AI technology for avian species detection and is a product of Boulder Imaging, Inc. In an operating wind farm, IdentiFlight contributes to bird conservation by helping protect species from collisions with rotating wind turbine blades. The system provides informed curtailment to specific turbines to reduce energy loss. For developing wind projects, IdentiFlight helps in permitting sites by accurately quantifying bird activity at prospective sites. The IdentiFlight system has completed multi-year, independent validation and is now being deployed at projects across the U.S. and globally. To learn more about IdentiFlight, please visit www.IdentiFlight.com.
KAP Limited is a South African diversified industrial group consisting of industrial, chemical and logistics businesses. The group's diversified industrial segment manufactures timber products; automotive components and accessories; and mattresses and bedding components. The diversified chemical segment produces polymers that are used in the production of a variety of plastic products. The diversified logistics segment provides specialized logistics and passenger transport services.
Proconics is a South African-based engineering company, established in 1995. The company executes agile multi-discipline engineering projects, with a typical lifecycle of 12 to 18 months, to clients with critical infrastructures. These projects consist of modifications done on existing factories, as well as green fields and renewable projects. Proconics project executions range from pure design, up to total EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction). Proconics is a 51 percent Black-owned, 30 percent Black female-owned company, and a BBBEE Level 1 contributor.
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