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Tamil Nadu’s first AI-based early warning system (EWS)

Published on October 18, 2023
Current context:The Tamil Nadu Forest Department has developed an AI-based early warning system to detect elephant movement near railway tracks and alert the authorities to reduce train speed or stop the trains if necessary.
Tamil Nadu’s first AI-based early warning system (EWS)
  • The system involves installing 12 e-surveillance towers equipped with thermal imaging cameras along the Ettimadai–Walayar railway section, which links Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
  • This section passes through the Solakkarai reserve forest of Madukkarai range, where many elephants have been killed by trains in the past.
  • The AI-based early warning system is expected to be completed soon and will undergo trial runs to check its functionality.
  • The forest department staff and the railway officials can then take appropriate action to prevent any accidents.


Q.1 What is the name of the AI-based early warning system project by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department?

c. EWS
d. ECO

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