Using Bluetooth Beacons for Jungle Vehicle Poacher Tracking

There’s new research by Karan Juj and Charith Perera of Cardiff University on Exploring the Suitability of BLE Beacons to Track Poacher Vehicles in Harsh Jungle Terrains (pdf). The paper describes a real world study conducted in a Malaysian jungle that tracks poacher vehicles.

Deep jungle terrain has challenges because GPS doesn’t work, there’s no cellular connection and 100% humidity can hinder wireless signal.

The study mounted Bluetooth beacons beside a road and placed a concealed receiver inside a vehicle:

The researchers tested various types of obstructions that would be faced in deployment and measured the reliability of detecting beacons from under bonnet:

After extensive evaluation, the researchers found that Bluetooth LE beacons can be successfully used in jungle terrains to a track vehicle.