Discover how a new wireless technology could help protect endangered animals

Ofcom is supporting a trial which is testing how new wireless technology could help conservationists monitor and protect endangered animals across the globe

Google and ZSL London Zoo are using TV 'white spaces' to stream live video of the Zoo's meerkats, Asian otters and giant Galapagos tortoises to YouTube.

Map of White Spaces trialsThe trial is testing the technology for use in additional efforts to monitor and protect endangered animals in the wild.

Click the video above to find out more about the trial.

You can also view the live web streams of meerkats, Asian otters and giant Galapagos tortoises, delivered over white spaces, below.

'White space' trials

Google and ZSL London Zoo are the latest organisations to launch TV 'white space' trials.

The technology uses gaps in radio spectrum that exist in between frequency bands, called white space, to offer new wireless applications that will benefit consumers and businesses.

White space technology is one way of meeting the growing demand for data in the UK.

Compared with other forms of wireless technologies, such as regular Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the radio waves used by TV white space devices can travel longer distances and more easily through walls.

There are already seven trials running across the UK, with more scheduled to start over the coming months.

The trials test a range of uses, such as internet access for rural communities, Wi-Fi-like services, wireless video streaming, or new 'machine-to-machine' networks.

Following completion of the trials, testing and policy development, Ofcom expects the technology could be rolled out during 2015; enabling the use of new wireless applications to benefit consumers and businesses across the country.