Why Connected Conservation makes sense
A game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park wanted more effective means to prevent rhino poaching and, thereby, conserve the rhino for future generations. We harnessed the power of technology to protect the rhino by tracking the movement of people.
South Africa is home to 70% of the remaining rhinos in the world. With populations being decimated by poaching to the extent that rhinos could be extinct by 2025, 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. Their activity wasn’t monitored because, as is usual, the reserve is in a remote location with basic IT infrastructure and access control, manual security processes, and very limited communication.
Partnering with Cisco, Dimension Data deployed a solution that connects multiple types of technology in order to track the movement of people so as to identify those with harmful intent. This pre-empts harm to the animals.