Reserve Area Network for protected areas that brings together communications and network connectivity to vast, remote landscapes. Alerts, conservation intelligence and live video can be shared from strategic locations to a central operation centre.
We work closely with local field partners to design an appropriate technical solution for their challenges. From simply providing internet connectivity at Park HQ to more advanced solutions that deploy thermal cameras at fence lines and a LoRaWAN network of sensors to track people, rangers, visitors, vehicles, natural resources and wildlife.
Our technology gives rangers visibility across their reserve around the clock. It provides an early warning of conservation issues so rangers can respond to stop poaching and human-wildlife conflict before it can occur. By enabling real-time data collection and analysis, we also help to improve Protected Area management effectiveness, increase the speed of decision-making and response, to keep rangers safe and leave wildlife undisturbed.
We provide entry-level data solutions, communication and connectivity alongside innovative cutting-edge programmes.
Network solutions: a multi-layer, managed network architecture to provide pervasive connectivity to suit site requirements, including Wi-Fi and LoRaWAN.
Communications: enabled by implementing VoIP-unified communication solutions and onboarding digital radio systems onto the network architecture.
Operation centre and data visualisation: data from all sources is stored and integrated into Earth Ranger situational awareness software.
Reliable power: a managed and layered approach to power provisioning, including solar, UPS and generator solutions, combined for maximum effect.
Security detection: boundary-based incursion detection using physical and/or virtual boundaries.
Tracking: long-lasting monitoring to optimise resource deployment, providing accurate locations of assets including wildlife, vehicles, boats and ranger patrols.
Real-time video and image solutions: various types of cutting-edge technologies.
Environmental sensing: monitors natural resources and habitats, which are critical to the success of conservation programmes, including surface-water sensing and satellite data integration.
Locally based support team: backed by an international design and escalation team to handle a maintenance service and break/fix services and crisis management.
Expand with new integrations: working with the conservation community to integrate and harness new innovations in sensing as they develop.
Training and capacity-building: upfront and throughout the project to assist with the handover of technology to local teams for ongoing ownership and self-management.
Data privacy and security: protocols to keep sensitive information safe.
We are constantly improving the technologies we use and the way we deploy them.
Protecting wildlife and ecosystems requires collaboration and a multi-disciplined approach. We bring together cross-sector expertise and the best of our partner’s products and services to innovate and stay one step ahead of poachers and changing environments – from the latest AI and satellite imagery to innovations in sensing. We leverage our commercial partnerships to secure robust and long-lasting equipment.
Our test site in South Africa is where our engineers and partners can trial new technologies, evaluate their benefits for conservation-use cases and deliver efficiencies and cost reduction opportunities for conservation operations.
Technologies with high potential are then integrated into the Connected Conservation solution and, when proven, scaled to other conservancies. The site also helps to demonstrate new solutions to conservation partners and accelerate collaborative conservation technology research and development.
Some of our current innovation projects and trials involve:
Using high-resolution satellite imagery and AI to detect and monitor the movement of wildlife across vast landscapes for improved conservation management and protection, while leaving wildlife undisturbed.
Using nomadic masts that provide long-range radio connectivity on wheels. These mobile units can be easily redeployed to new areas, as wildlife hotspots and conservation challenges change.
Autonomous drones to bring connectivity to collect data from outside the limits of terrestrial infrastructure and counter changing poaching activities and tactics.
Refining AI to monitor the video from thermal cameras 24/7 and generate automated alerts when animals or humans cross, so teams can respond quickly.