Conservation Technology

Conservation technology design & development

Arribada co-develops open, customisable and impact-driven conservation technologies for conservation organisations across the globe, driving down costs and scaling up access to the tools and solutions we need to solve conservation challenges, together.

We currently specialise in:

  • Satellite and GPS telemetry
  • Biologging
  • Low-cost thermal sensing
  • Rugged timelapse cameras
  • Acoustic machine learning
  • Passive acoustic reflector design
Web hosting & infrastructure support

We also host websites, email and servers for charities and not-for-profits, utilising Web Host Manager and cPanel to provide an easy to use dashboard for customers wishing to manage their own accounts. Arribada manages the operating system, firewalls and underlying security so you can minimise costs and focus on your work.

Early warning detection of polar bears

Explore our conservation technology research and development work in the Arctic with WWF. We’re developing a low-cost thermal camera system to automatically detect the thermal signature of polar bears to alert local response teams to their presence.

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Research & Development

Open source technology can provide a gateway to exploring new concepts, possibilities and advancing conservation technology by accelerating development through the re-use of existing software and hardware. We can conduct short investigative research or develop new hardware from scratch.



Working together to solve technical challenges can help to advance projects that require that little extra support.
We currently co-design solutions with organisations across the globe and can offer software or hardware support, including the physical placement of staff to support field testing & validation if required.



You may have spotted a conservation technology or solution that nearly caters to your requirements but needs to be customised further to achieve your goals. An example of this could be:

– The miniaturisation of biologging hardware
– Modifying & customising off-the-shelf hardware
– Cost reduction of existing solutions
– Custom enclosure design
– Incorporting new sensors

Message in a Bottle
Tracking Plastic for National Geographic’s Sea to Source Expedition

Where does plastic waste in the Gange’s river go? It’s a question National Geographic’s Sea to Source Expedition team wanted to answer. Using Arribada’s Horizon tracking platform, 30 plastic water bottles were outfitted with our new Argos ARTIC transmitter to track their journey down river to the open ocean.

Learn more about the Sea to Source Expedition. 

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What we’re working on

Arribada Horizon Biologging & Telemetry

  • Open source hardware biologging platform
  • Supports Argos ARTIC
  • Supports 2G/3G Cellular

Arribada & ZSL

Rugged Timelapse Cameras

  • Configurable timelapse for long-term deployments
  • Low cost, rugged and scalable

    Penguin Watch

Conflict Mitigation

  • Low-cost thermal imaging
  • Embedded machine learning (Tensorflow)
  • Early warning alerts

WWF & Wildlabs

Polar Bear Early
Warning Detection

  • Low-cost thermal imaging
  • Embedded machine learning (Tensorflow)
  • Cellular / LoRa alerts

    WWF & Wildlabs

Microbial Fuel Cell

  • Electricity generation using living plants and microbes
  • Perpetual power for low-energy IoT sensors
  • Early stage prototype

Plant-e, Cambridge University,, ZSL


  • Miniaturised AudioMoth
    passive acoustic recorder
  • Developed for animal
    bourne attachments
  • Compatible with existing AudioMoth firmware

    Designed by Ruby Lee,

    Open Acoustic Devices

Angelshark acoustic

  • Custom enclosure design to seat Vemco receivers
  • Multi-partner colaboration

Angel Shark Project
Ocean Tracking Network

SMART Desktop / Connect live data

  • Display live data received via sensors in SMART Desktop
  • LoRa bridge (show live LoRa sensor data within SMART)

Developed by Krasi Georgiev

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Arribada United Kingdom

To talk to our team in the UK / Europe (GMT), discuss volunteering with us, or for general conservation technology enquiries, feel free to mail us at or join our Slack community channel.

Arribada USA

To talk to our team in the USA (EST), or for general conservation technology enquiries within the United States, feel free to mail us at or join our Slack community channel.

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