Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Saving The Rhinos With GPS Sensors.
Save the Rhino numbers show there are just 29,000 rhinos left in the world; only 20 years ago this number was closer to 500,000. In an attempt to slow this devastating decline, researchers from the Sigfox Foundation are fitting the wild animals with sensors to track their movement. By tracking the animals, the researchers can protect them from poachers, for example, and better understand their habits to encourage them to breed and ultimately conserve the species. Over the past six months, the prototype GPS trackers, developed by the foundation in association with the Loweld Rhino Trust, have been implanted in the horns of 10 black and white rhinos. This prototype securely sends three GPS signals per day, to three base stations and via the Eutelesat satellite, to local teams through a dedicated secured platform, also developed internally at Sigfox more