News by Press Association 15/04/2019, 10:18 am Updated: 15/04/2019, 10:20 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Technology that has dramatically reduced rhino poaching in a South African game reserve could be used to help other threatened species across the world, as conservationists look for new ways to stop poachers before they can reach wildlife. Dimension Data and Cisco first introduced its Connected Conversation effort in 2015, using a mixture of sensors, CCTV, biometrics and wi-fi to proactively detect poachers early, in a remote area in the north-west of the country where there is very limited electronic communication available. The aim of the initiative is to track people instead of animals, collecting data on those who enter the perimeter and sending park rangers alerts when unusual activity is spotted. White rhinos are currently near threatened, while black rhinos are classified as endangered, with little more than 5,000 of the latter remaining, according to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF). South Africa is home to most of the world’s rhinos, which are under constant threat from poachers, who remove their horns and sell them on the black market for prices higher than gold. Rhino horn is sought by… Read full this story
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