SIMBA To Give Distinct Identity To Each Asiatic Lion:
The Gujarat forest department has developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based photo-identification software, specially designed to distinguish patterns/marks to identify Asiatic lions individually.
- The software is named SIMBA (Software with Intelligence Marking Based identification of Asiatic lions.)
- The SIMBA works with a deep machine learning technique that matches a point-pattern for pairwise comparisons and that automates the individual identification, based on the variability in the individual’s whisker spot pattern, the presence of scars on the face, notches on the ears and other metadata of the photograph.
- The software also extracts the uniqueness from the photograph and can cluster similar patterns.
- Listed as ‘Endangered’ under the IUCN Red List.