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Case Study

Cross-border tiger poaching syndicate uncovered with smartphone data

A car-for-hire in Thailand picked up two Vietnamese passengers carrying a suspicious package. The driver discreetly alerted local police who soon stopped and searched the vehicle, uncovering a hidden tiger carcass. What would have been a typical arrest of a poacher, turned out to be a discovery of a much larger and coordinated poaching operation that spanned at least three countries.

2 main challenges:

  • Analyze geotagged media, communication records to find poachers and where the coordinators originated from.
  • Uncover cross-border tiger poaching syndicate.