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Ericsson partners to protect Philippines mangrove wetlands

Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson, along with PLDT, the Philippines’ largest fully integrated telecommunications company, and its wireless division, Smart Communications, has strengthened its partnership for nature maintenance in the Philippines and signed a new agreement.

Ericsson says in This press release This partnership aims to support the sustainability of Sasmuang’s environment by leveraging technology and advanced machine learning solutions. Strengthening this partnership is the participation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the municipality of Sasmuan, Pampanga (LGU).

In addition, Ericsson said the five-party cooperation will further enhance the protection of the Sasmuang Bankung Malapad Important Habitat and Ecotourism Area (SBMCHEA), which was recently declared a protected area by DENR. Located in the municipality of Sasmuan, Pampanga, it includes 405 hectares of mangrove wetlands. It is an important habitat for many endemic, migratory and endangered waterfowl. In addition, its mangrove wetlands serve as a barrier to natural floods and typhoons, helping to protect marine biodiversity. In 2021, Sasmuan’s Mangrove Wetlands were designated as the eighth internationally important wetland in the Philippines under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.

Under the MOA, Ericsson will deploy artificial intelligence (AI) -enabled CCTV cameras to identify mobile bird species and enhance protection for endangered wildlife in Sasmuan, Pampanga. PLDT hosts a cloud system of data collected by AI cameras, and Smart provides an end-to-end internet mobile connection. Relevant data is processed via dashboards available to DENR and LGU in Sasmuan, Pampanga.

Melissa Bergerdedios, First Vice President and Head of PLDT’s Sustainability and Investor Public Relations Office, said: He continues to work with Ericsson to find ways to address environmental issues and create more Internet of Things (IoT) and AI technology-based solutions to help mitigate climate change. “

This latest partnership follows the previous Connected Mangroves project in 2017, where an IoT solution for mangrove reforestation was introduced at the same LGU in Pampanga. Data such as water level, humidity, soil moisture and temperature were also captured by the PV sensor via a wireless connection via a cloud system. This information has helped the community better manage the conservation of the area. Based on the 2020 census, more than 50,000 birds are using SBMCHEA as a stopover.

Martin Victorin, Head of Ericsson Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines, said: Our vision is to create a world where infinite connectivity improves lives, redefines businesses and opens up a sustainable future, and this latest partnership embodies this. As a longtime partner of Smart, we are constantly striving to leverage technology to make a positive impact on the community. Initially using the IoT to connect mangroves, and now using AI to further protect the biodiversity of the Philippines’ nature and ecosystems. .. “



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