IO, Solo – Illegal logging is still a problem in forest conservation in Indonesia, even though the government continues to make efforts to prevent and eradicate forest destruction, as stated in Law Number 18 of 2013. This condition raises concerns for Alvin Ichwannur Ridho, M. Maulana Yusuf, and Farah Yuki Prasetyawati, student of Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta, Central Java.
To reduce the incidence of illegal logging, Alvin and Maulana, Electrical Engineering Study Program students 2017, as well as Farah from the 2018 Physics Education Study Program, created an illegal logging detection tool called Legator, an acronym for Illegal Logging Detector. The three of them were guided by Agus Ramelan, S.Pd., MT, a lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering. Utilizing a Long Range (Lora) main technology, Legator has successfully received IDR 5 million in funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture in the 2020 Student Creativity Program (PKM).
In the interview as quoted by uns. ac.id, Friday (9/25/2020), Alvin said that this tool aims to support government efforts. “The advantages of Legator are being able to display data in real-time and be environmentally friendly because it uses energy sources from the sun, as well as being able to operate in varying weather conditions. Legators can be a preventive tool in protecting forests from illegal logging, “said Alvin.
Furthermore, Alvin said that currently he and his team are preparing for the monitoring and evaluation stages which will be held in early October. Intense communication is done with the supervisor to prepare the presentation that they will give.
The agenda for this October will be a decisive moment for the team that has received funding to be selected by the committee. Teams that pass the selection will get tickets to move on to the next round, namely the 2020 National Student Scientific Week (Pimnas).
“Hopefully we can get into Pimnas and later on, the tool we have invented can be realized so that it can give positive results for the community, especially in terms of protecting forests from illegal logging,” he said. (est)