The Internet of Life and Kerlink saves Black rhinos via sensor implants in horns
Oct 03 2017
The mainstream media mostly talks about the IoT in terms of the latest smart home gadgets and its future in autonomous vehicles. However, there’s more to the IoT technology then the making devices and machines run better and faster.
Calling their solution "Smart Parks" the LoRaWan-based solution will be used for near-real-time monitoring and activity tracking of the Rhino population while also being used to help improve the overall park operations like the tracking of gate open/closures, connected camera traps and vehicle/personnel monitoring.
Usually, the IoT solutions deployed in open and rugged environments need to have long range and low power connectivity. This is where LoRa’s wireless technology shines in these remote national parks offering 15-30 km range of low-cost and low-power connectivity.
The project deployment was powered by small Kerlink WirnetTMiBT 868 MHz sensors that were directly implanted in the horns of rhinos in the park.
Kerlink's geolocation and solar powered LoRaWAN gateways combined with Semtech's geolocation solver eliminated the need for energy consuming GPS systems, while also offering more security from poachers attempting to hack the animal tracking systems than traditional GPS solutions.
You can learn more about the project on their project page or view the overview video embedded below.
+ A LoRa Network is a type of telecommunication network designed to allow long range communications at a low bit rate among things (connected objects), such as sensors operated on a battery.
+ The Internet of Life also offers sensors and actuators for animal tracking devices. These can be used for Smart Park, wildlife protection, and park management solutions.
+ IoT solutions have been used in park management in the past as well. In 2005, The Kenya Wildlife Service used smart collar technology. The digital collars allowed the park management to track elephant location.