The Government allows local people to purchase permits to fish in the lake so they can feed their families. Poachers pose as fisherman and come into the reserve to poach elephants and to get bush meat.
Since deployment in 2017, the solution has helped teams intercept a number of known incursions and provided an effect deterrent against illegal activity.
A newly constructed joint operations centre acts as a base and connects multiple radio masts along the water’s edge to create a permanent network barrier around the lake. The masts have fixed pan, tilt and zoom thermal cameras on them to detect any unusual activity across the lake as well as direct intercept operations of the speedboats to stop the activity. The use of CCTV, thermal and handheld cameras tracks fisherman and watches for movement during the night, coupled with a powerboat to patrol the lake and reduce response times. There are no other speed boats in operation across the lake.
The CCTV camera analytics create a virtual tripline to auto detect fishermen crossing the lake and alert the operator on night time movement across the barrier. A newly installed Wi-Fi and local area network connect technology and staff and allow handheld devices to be shared and thermal cameras to be viewed, without any interception.
An online software tool Earthranger, collects and analyzes data, including both historical and real-time that is available from the reserve.
We're protecting animals by tracking the movement of people using the power of technology.