Tech firms help SA nab rhino poachers

2016-04-22 16:02 - Loni Prinsloo
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A rhino that has since been killed by poachers at Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal.


Johannesburg - South Africa is using technology to keep poachers away from rhinos by tracking people moving in and out of a game reserve near Kruger National Park - whether it be by landing a helicopter, cutting through a fence or driving past the gate.

Cisco Systems and South Africa-based Dimension Data, which are carrying out the test project, have completed the initial phase of creating a secure network in the reserve and Wi-Fi hotspots.

In the next stage, thermal imaging, drones, infrared cameras, vehicle tracking and sensors will also be brought in to track people’s movements even at night.

At least 1 215 rhinos in South Africa were killed by poachers in 2014, according to the country’s Department of Environmental Affairs.

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