Drones and the internet to save the rhinos in Africa

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Two years ago, during the aftermath of the earthquake that struck Northern Italy, we were impressed by the story of Athonet. At the time a start-up in its early stages from the Area Science Park in Trieste, Italy, that brought broadband with a mobile 4G LTE dedicated network to one of the main tent camps, thus providing connectivity to a number of people who were unable to communicate, due to the collapse of the mobile operators’ networks.

What captivated our imagination was this smart (and green) concept of “light infrastructure” used to bring broadband where there are no operators’ networks and the ability to achieve humanitarian and social purposes that were unthinkable until recently.

But we could never imagine that this would be the new frontier to save the rhinos in Africa!

Nevertheless, while waiting for Google or Facebook to bring connectivity where it is not present, this system will be tested in the coming days for a program of monitoring and prevention of poaching in Africa, as part of the campaign Save the Rhino.

Athonet, alongside several other companies and specialists (of drones, long and short-range, of cameras, circuits of public security and video surveillance) from different nations, will work starting next week, on a new monitoring project which will provide a cellular 4G LTE dedicated network, which is currently the only technological solution capable of ensuring broadband communications necessary to receive video from drones and cameras over significant distances.

In short, by pure coincidence, ecological occurrences, of wild life conservation and “light and smart” technology meet again: a marriage that we are really enthusiastic about and that – we are sure – will certainly come to be celebrated in the future.

The rhino has been on this planet 50 million years, but with the current death rate it is destined to become extinct within the next decade. It has only one enemy: man.
It would be great if man could remedy to problems of his own doing, for once, this is also true progress.



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