Wireless network to help monitor panda research in China

Intel has teamed up with Globio, a non-profit educational group, to set up a wireless network for researchers at China's Wolong...

Intel has teamed up with Globio, a non-profit educational group, to set up a wireless network for researchers at China's Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan province, the home of the endangered giant panda.

The wireless network set up by Intel and Globio is based on 802.11b WLan (wireless Lan) technology and covers all of the main research facilities at Wolong, including the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, which houses a panda breeding centre, nursery room, playground and hospital, Intel said.

The new wireless network at Wolong includes a video monitoring system that allows researchers at the reserve to better monitor the animals and to share this information with other researchers in China and abroad, it said.

Before the installation of the wireless network, researchers at Wolong had limited cellular coverage and dial-up internet access was available only in the research centre's nursing area. This limited network access meant that research teams primarily relied on paper notebooks to track the health and growth of infant pandas.

Now this information is being recorded using WLan-enabled notebooks and is accessible to researchers within the reserve, as well as outside, it said.

Financial details of the project were not disclosed.

Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service

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