Guardian - Technical Description


Rainforest Connection’s mission is to develop and leverage conservation technology to empower  partners to monitor biodiversity and protect threatened ecosystems from illegal activities.

RFCx Guardians are hardware devices installed in the tree canopy, they constantly gather data on the surrounding environment and transmit it in real time to the cloud for processing and storage. Guardians feature a highly sensitive external microphone that captures all ambient sound within a radius of 50 m to 1,000 m depending on the source of the sound. A specialized configuration of solar panels (designed to capitalize on the thin and short-lived bands of sunlight that penetrate tree canopies), on-board power management and LFP battery packs provide power to the Guardians. In addition to GSM and Wi-Fi, the device also comes built-in with Satellite connectivity which enables the device to run on board audio analysis and transmit alerts in real time. 

● IP66 Weatherproof Enclosure
● Mic Sensitivity: -22dB (1 kHz at 1Pa)
● Mic Frequency response: 50– 18,000Hz
● Dual Core ARM Cortex CPU
● ARM Mali GPU
● 128 GB Micro SD Storage expandable to 1TB
● Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS 
● GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 / WCDMA: B1/B2/B5/B8 / TD-CDMA / CDMA2000
● Built-in satellite communications (SWARM)
● On board Accelerometer to prevent tampering
Temperature/Humidity Sensor, Compass
● Solar Panel Array capable of generating up to 38W of power
● Two on board LFP batteries with over 50Wh of storage capacity
● On board power management with real-time cloud diagnostics
● Includes all necessary mounting hardware to support variety of installations.
● Two-way communication (Push software updates, change settings, etc)