It’s no secret that the Rhino has suffered at the hands of hard, unfeeling criminals for their horns and never more so than in the last year or two! As a result, Rhino numbers are decreasing rapidly and there’s a serious risk of extinction in the near future if nothing major is done.
While the future has seemed bleak for the Rhino, two companies have recently been involved in putting some of the world’s most advanced technology to good use: saving the Rhino.
Connected Conservation Technology
Thus far, communication has been the main downfall of rhino protection efforts. Parks and farms are remote, with limited infrastructure for communication systems. That’s all about to change though with the new technology enabling better communication.
The technology is currently being tested in a reserve that borders on the Kruger National Park, with great and measurable success
It’s a win for South Africa and the rhino!
The technology is impressive in that it doesn’t involve installing sensors and tags on the rhino. Instead, it’s designed to track the movement of people, allowing the rhinos to go about their business, undisturbed.
The equipment and technology is used to detect people before they make contact with the rhino. It does so via means of an intricate set up involving:
- a secured area network
- CCTV and biometric scanning
- Wi-Fi and LAN stationed at all entrances
- LORA technology
- sensors installed on the periphery of the reserve
- thermal imaging
- access to a national data base
- connection to multiple devices and shared data
- automatic backup features
- threat alerts
- predictive modelling
- access to a helicopter response team.
Of course the system is and must be secure, encrypted and protected against third party access.
The companies involved in the development and implementation of the technology and system hope to replicate it in many, if not all of the parks in SA. They also believe that it could be used to protect other endangered species including the likes of elephant, pangolin, tigers and sea rays.
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