The SISTEMA URUBU (Vulture System) aims to analyze the effects of deployment and development of highways and railroads in biodiversity. It is estimated that half a billion animals die annually on the roads in Brazil. The PROJETO URUBU consists of a set of systems used to collect georeferenced data (photos, classificatory and descriptive information), store and generate reports on incidents involving animals.
The system's primary target are smartphone users who may collect data in the field during their daily routine, driving by the country. The project will be distributed to the general public as a free Android App, available on Google Play. The second target audience is researchers that can collect data in a planned and organized way, such as tracking and covering a specific area, specific highway or railroad. For this audience, the data collected by the system can generate studies, publications and enable the monitoring of these incidents.
The system name references the animal Urubu, in portuguese (Vulture in English) that are consumers of rotting flesh (carrion) and play an important role as sanitizers, eliminating rotting organic material. It is considered an important bird in cleaning the environment. They have the ability to identify and track the carcasses long distances, which is adherent to the project objective.