MTN a leading African telecommunications provider Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Prodapt have announced that they are harnessing IBM Internet of Things (IoT) technology as part of MTN Connected Wildlife Solution. IBM, MTN Deploy IOT Technology to Save Africa’s Rhinos.
The solution will help predict threats and combat the poaching of endangered rhinos at Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa, with the intent to expand the solution to other reserves in future.
IBM, MTN Deploy IOT Technology to Save Africa’s Rhinos
CEO of Welgevonden Game Reserve, Bradley Schroder, said :
One of our primary objectives is to protect wildlife, especially endangered species, using technology. We were looking for a technology solution that would help us better understand possible threats and weed out those coming from poachers.
According to research conducted on Welgevonden Game Reserve, prey animals in the wild react in different ways depending on the type of threat they encounter and the perceived danger from predators.
The research has been combined with MTN Connected Wildlife Solution which leverages IBM IoT technology. The university predictive analytics to create an innovative solution that gives game reserves a powerful new tool in the fight to save endangered species.
The data collected from the LoRa sensors is communicated via LoRa WAN Network Server, Long Range Signal and back hauled over the MTN 3G/4G network.
Through platform the solution collects animal location information, movement, direction and average speed of travel along with other data. The data is used by Wageningen University to create approximately 20 rule based patterns based on the animals response to threats.
General Manager at MTN Business, Mariana Kruger, said :
With the solution designed for Welgevonden, MTN, along with our partners can better predict and anticipate potential poaching activity. This allows the ranger to take preemptive action before any threat happens.
Country GM for IBM South Africa, Hamilton Ratshefola said :
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we live and work and we are finding new applications for IBM’s IoT technologies in businesses across the spectrum.
MTN is an emerging innovator in the Internet of Things. MTN is building an ecosystem of vertical partners and an ecosystem of over 3 million active M2M connections.