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HP Earth Insights. Big data is not only for business!

Kicking off my HP Discover Barcelona trip was an early morning press conference with some of HP’s top Software Executives. George Kadifa and Colin Mahony took part in a discussion with Conservation International executives Jorge Ahumada and Sandy Andelman around an initiative called HP Earth Insights.

In a first ever joint effort HP and Conservation International have been utilizing big data technologies to understand the natural wildlife ecosystem. Big Data is not only for business! For the first time Big Data concepts and technologies are being applied to gathering insight and data about the very important wildlife, tropical rainforests and related ecosystems.HP Earth Insights applies HP’s big data technology to the ecological research being conducted. Research is being conducted across 16 rain forests.

Using HP’s Vertica Big Data platform, important information is being analyzed with never before seen efficiency and speed. Listening to Sandy and Jorge on stage with Meg in the opening keynote, the information in the past had been collected, however it was impossible to process all of it in a timely manner. This is what they are beginning to accomplish with HP. The ever-increasing inputs related to species, vegetation, precipitation, temperature, carbon stocks, humidity and more, gathered from camera traps and climate sensors in 16 countries to deliver findings about the environment and wildlife that previously were unknown.

Some interesting facts about what information has been discovered because of HP Earth Insights. Stats below taken from http://www8.hp.com/us/en/m/news/details.do?id=1536855&articletype=news_release

The most recent findings have revealed:

  • Of the 275 species being monitored, 60 species—or 22 percent—are either significantly decreasing in population or likely decreasing compared to baseline levels.
  • Findings indicate 33 of the species being monitored—or 12 percent—have significantly decreased in numbers. Among these are: the sun bear and the wild boar found in Malaysia (Pasoh Forest Reserve), the agile mangabey found in the Republic of Congo (Nouabalé Ndoke), and the greater grison found in Ecuador (Yasuni).
  • The population of the Western Gorilla, which lives in the Republic of Congo (Nouabalé Ndoke) and is considered a Critically Endangered species, is likely declining—approximately 10 percent from the 2009 baseline—according to new data.
  • The following insectivores are likely declining: the moonrat and masked palm civet found in Malaysia (Pasoh Forest Reserve), the banded mongoose, four-toed elephant shrew and checkered elephant shrew found in Tanzania (Udzungwa), the northern tamandua found in Costa Rica (Volcàn Barva) and large tree shrew found in Indonesia (Bukit Barisan).

Watch the following video to learn more.

Links used in this article:

Official Press Release: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-news/press-release.html?id=1536855

http://wpi.teamnetwork.org/wpi/

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/m/news/details.do?id=1536855&articletype=news_release

Disclaimer: HP has invited me to HP Discover. My travel & accommodations expenses have been covered by HP. My blogs are my opinion and in no way influenced by HP.

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