Rhinos are being driven to extinction in 10 years.
"Now Rhinos Speak" mission is to help conservationists by bringing technology into the wildlife. Sigfox Foundation have been collecting important data for almost a year thanks to low power GPS trackers. These trackers, installed directly into the rhino's horn, are able to give rhinos exact location few times a day and can last over a long period using Sigfox network. Beyond the challenge of protection, "Now Rhinos Speak" goal is also to get a better knowledge of the animal and leave a memory to the next generations. Supported by technological partners and conservation experts, we are all giving a new voice to endangered rhinos!
First contact with rhinos conservationists.
Sigfox engineers prototyped 7 GPS trackers sending 3 positions per day, installed by veterinaries directly in the horn.
5 people from Sigfox went to Africa to install 3 autonomous base stations working with solar energy and satellite connection. They also could participate to an implantation mission.
A secure app have been developed to help the conservationists to see where the rhinos are, to manage the devices and to export the data to fit in their database.
An official partnership has been signed with both Save the Rhinos and International Rhino Foundation.
A new partner, Xerius, is joining the project to co-develop the next version of the tracker.
With Sigfox technology, sending an information is very power efficient. The device can last over years without having to disturb the rhinos.
The information provided helps the rangers to organise rhino surveillance knowing where they are. The device can send alerts if no movement has been detected for some time.
With 3 base stations installed in the conservancy, we cover more than 3500km² where more than 300 rhinos live.