Why Smart Parks?
Wildlife across the Earth is in desperate need of our help. In the past years, we have seen a dramatic upsurge in poaching, which raises many challenges for wildlife parks worldwide. Many parks currently lack the means and technology to outsmart poachers. Therefore we have developed Smart Parks. A high-tech monitoring solution that uses LoRa® telecommunication technology to collect information from sensor applications such as wildlife trackers. With Smart Parks, we give game parks 24/7 access to real-time information on all wildlife, actors, park assets and activities on their land. All information is collected in an easy-to-use web application which allows rangers to remotely monitor the whole area, and immediately take measures when needed.
What can we do with Smart Parks?
To create a Smart Park, we provide the territory with a private LoRa® telecommunication network — a low-bandwidth, low-power networking technology that can blanket large areas. Once we have established the network, we can deploy state-of-the-art sensor applications, which collect information that is presented in a web application in the Park’s Control Room.
With this technology, Park Staff is empowered to use the following applications:
- Animal tracking: guard and monitor endangered wildlife with small sensors
- Foot patrol: track individual rangers and other park personnel on foot to prevent human-wildlife conflicts
- Tourist safety: real-time and high accuracy location tracking on all
vehicles entering the Park (also in ‘dead zones’ without cellphone coverage)
- Road safety: real-time speeding information on all vehicles within the Park
- Access control: sensors on gates and barriers to register all in- and outgoing traffic
- Intrusion detection: detect intruders and poachers through outpost and mobile alarm buttons
- Movement detection: with mobile radar sensors to set motion traps on trails and other locations
- Human presence detection: rifle trackers and cell phone trackers
- Video Surveillance: high resolution, infrared digital cameras
- Fence protection: detect power leaks in electric fence system
- Environmental Control: measure temperature, humidity, fuel level, wind, solar power, rain, water level, soil condition, etc.
*Smart Parks technology is always combined with the equipment already in place such as digital radio systems for voice communication or fence monitoring systems.
Where do we work?
- Smart Parks Serengeti, Tanzania
- Smart Elephant Protection Assam, India
- Smart Park Akagera, Rwanda
- Smart Park Mkomazi, Tanzania
The Smart Parks solution is based on our proof-of-concept for Mkomazi National Park which was launched in 2015. Following the positive results of this deployment, we adopted the Smart Park solution for Akagera National Park in 2016 in collaboration with African Parks. In September 2017, we implanted LoRaWAN rhino sensors directly into the horns of Eastern Black Rhinos. In 2018, we launched Smart Parks Serengeti and we also started our Smart Parks project in India, in collaboration with WWF.
We are always seeking financial support to increase the network coverage of our existing Smart Park solutions, continuously add new sensor applications and train local ranger teams (€50.000-€150.000). Of course we are also eager to make the solution available to more wildlife parks in Africa (€250.000 per park) and develop new sensor applications (€10.000 per sensor type).