EvoNexus Portfolio Company, Sateliot and EWT use the IoT to protect endangered species
IOTNEWS / FEBRUARY 7TH, 2024 / Sateliot has partnered with the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to deploy IoT sensors on endangered vultures across Africa. The aim is to combat wildlife poaching and track these threatened birds in remote regions.
This collaboration provides EWT with seamless access to Sateliot’s 5G satellite coverage at no extra cost. EWT can leverage the terrestrial mobile connectivity standard used by network operators without needing additional equipment. This enables expanded IoT deployments in Africa’s vast expanses where biodiversity is abundant but connectivity limited.
Hundreds of vultures facing extinction will be fitted with 5G IoT sensors. These “eyes in the sky” will detect poaching activity rapidly, allowing response teams to react swiftly. Over the past year alone, this tracking technology enabled EWT to identify 15 poisoning events, rescue 100 endangered vultures, eliminate poison sources and decontaminate scenes – ultimately saving countless animal lives.
Alison Jänicke, Head of Business Development at EWT, commented: “Sateliot’s support will significantly impact our organisation by freeing up funds and resources for critical on-the-ground conservation efforts.”
Gianluca Redolfi, Chief Commercial Officer at Sateliot, added: “By harnessing our advanced capacity allocation techniques, NGOs can access free satellite capacity to maximise their conservation impact.”
The partnership demonstrates how 5G satellite connectivity could revolutionise wildlife monitoring and anti-poaching work across remote areas in Africa and beyond. With vulture populations decimated by poisoning, innovative tracking is key to preserving these critical scavenging birds that keep ecosystems clean and disease-free.
As one of South Africa’s most established conservation groups since 1973, EWT focuses on safeguarding threatened species through research, community partnerships, monitoring and addressing human-wildlife conflicts across southern and East Africa. Their “Eyes in the Sky” program – now accelerated by Sateliot’s global 5G coverage – harnesses vultures’ natural foraging behaviour and GPS tracking to detect poaching events rapidly over 15 million km2.
The EWT-Sateliot collaboration exemplifies how 5G satellite IoT could expand conservation efforts worldwide to preserve biodiversity – especially in remote unconnected regions with limited network infrastructure.
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SOURCE: Ryan Daws, Author for IoTnews
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The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is a registered Non-profit, Non-governmental, and Public Benefit Organisation. Since its establishment in 1973, the EWT has become a leading, well-known, and trusted conservation roleplayer. They are committed to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of all. To achieve this, EWT focuses on three main strategic imperatives: Saving Species, Conserving Habitats, and Benefitting People.
Their team is spread across southern and East Africa. EWT works with businesses, communities, and government and are leaders in conservation research, community conservation, livelihood support, and training. They are innovative and skilled in reducing human-wildlife conflict, monitoring threatened species, and protecting safe spaces for animals and people.
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