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South Africa is home to nearly 80% of the world’s remaining rhinos. 

With populations being decimated by poaching, by 2025 there’s a real chance the rhino could be extinct. A private game reserve took the lead in finding a technology- based way to deter poachers.

Elephant and Rhino by a waterhole

Vision

South Africa is home to nearly 80% of the world’s
remaining rhinos.

With populations being decimated by poaching, by 2025 there’s a real chance the rhino could be extinct. A private game reserve took the lead in finding a technology-based way to deter poachers.Every day, hundreds of staff, suppliers, contractors, security personnel, and tourists enter and exit the reserve. Being in such a remote location, this activity wasn’t properly monitored. Only basic IT infrastructure and access control, manual security processes, and very limited communication existed.An end-to-end solution was introduced, proactively stopping people entering the reserve illegally. If an incursion took place, the solution triggered an alarm in the control center. An alert with exact coordinates for the incursion was sent to armed rangers’ mobile devices, who patrol both on the ground and in a helicopter.
Rhino

Transformation

Partnering with Cisco, we designed a solution connecting multiple types of technology.

It tracked the movement of people, identifying those with dubious intent, helping to pre-empt harm to the animals. The innovative application of multiple technologies dramatically reduced the number of incursions. These technologies included IT infrastructure, managed services, data analytics, multiscreen communication, secure network and data flow, a point to point reserve network, CCTV cameras, and biometric scanning.Preventing incursions is possible only if you are able to observe the boundaries of the reserve comprehensively. This was achieved using a point-to-point reserve area network (RAN), creating a high-security perimeter ‘net’. CCTV cameras and biometric scanning extended the reserve’s IT infrastructure into remote areas. Wi-Fi and local area networks at each gate allowed communication between security personnel and game rangers both on the ground, and in the air. Connectivity to the national database of poaching suspects and backing up of reserve generated data to a secure cloud service- enabled real- time data analysis.


Elephants in sunset

Results

Innovative application of IT infrastructure, managed services, data analytics, multiscreen communication, secure network and data flow, a point-to-point reserve network, CCTV cameras, and biometric scanning have reduced the number of incursions into the reserve by 68%. Poaching in the reserve dropped by 96% in its first year. And, in 2017 and 2018, there were zero rhinos poached. In addition, we’ve helped reduce incursions into the reserve by 68%. We’re building on three years of success of the Connected Conservation programme under the Dimension Data brand. Our vision is to eliminate all forms of poaching, globally, through continued innovation in intelligent technology, expanding the solution in southern Africa into the Kruger Park, and protecting more vulnerable land and water species in more countries. With the expansions into Africa, the aim is to bring together national and private park management, sharing info and tactics to safeguard more species across various terrains.

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