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Microsoft and Local Ocean Conservation adopts AI saving turtles at the Kenya coast

AI Kenyan coast

Microsoft and Local Ocean Conservation (LOC) are harnessing AI technology to assist in the rescue of turtles across the coast.

Local Ocean Conservation has patrolled Kenya’s beaches since 1997, monitored over 1600 nests, and seen 157,000 hatchlings make their way to the ocean. LOC recently decided to collect data and attract more volunteers in an effort to highlight the scale of the problem while directing resources to those most in need.

Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative has invested a considerable sum in government, SMEs, and youth programs across Africa. Data collected is then sent to Microsoft Azure’s cloud database which is hosted on the Microsoft server and accessed on this cloud as you pay-as-you-go. Azure applications run on Microsoft servers and run on cutting-edge technology.

LOC has mapped the beach and arrived at the conclusion that only 13% of the beachline is suited for sea turtle nesting. Of the remainder, 50% is highly unsuitable, 16% can be transformed with some effort, and 17% is subject to human interference.


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