Alaris Antennas helps Hensoldt South Africa within the battle towards rhino poaching
Stop the Rhino Poaching Mobile Surveillance Unit.
Alaris Antennas, in cooperation with Hensoldt South Africa, supports the non-governmental organization Stop Rhino Poaching in stopping the killing of these critically endangered animals.
Stop Rhino Poaching was founded in 2010 in response to the sudden and steep escalation of rhino poaching across South Africa. Since the poaching epidemic began in 2008, South Africa has lost over 8,600 rhinos – a number that is increasing every day despite great efforts.
Poachers seem to have the upper hand, Alaris told Antennas, as they know when to strike. Intelligence-driven operations (knowing who, what, where, when, and how) are the cornerstones of cracking the poaching syndicates.
Technology plays a vital role in helping law enforcement agencies fight poachers. Radar is used successfully to identify friendly forces, track them and provide actionable information in real time.
Stop Rhino Poaching has recently started deploying a mobile surveillance unit in undisclosed locations to detect poachers and move them to reserves that it supports according to the deployment criteria.
The device consists of a high-resolution radar with an optical and thermal PTZ camera (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) and advanced video analysis. This system can be used as a stand-alone solution or as a support for larger surveillance systems. The system is fully mobile on uneven terrain and can last for longer periods of time with environmentally friendly energy.
Hensoldt Optronics and Alaris Antennas were heavily involved in the project, and Alaris installed a new repeater for the radar system.
“It is the responsibility of people to protect wildlife so that future generations can enjoy the beautiful species we are allowed to see today. Alaris Antennas is passionate about funding this cause, ”said Gisela Heyman, CEO of Alaris Antennas.
“Working with our customer Hensoldt South Africa (GEW) on a project that many South Africans care about is inspiring and we will definitely do more for our beautiful country,” added Claire Nitch, Sales and Marketing Manager at Alaris Antennas.
The mobile surveillance unit was made possible by funding from a number of donors including the Elliott Family Foundation in Canada, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet, Cause Conservation, Black Rhino Wheels, Legend Housewares, and International Rhino Foundation.
It serves a similar purpose to the Meerkat wide area surveillance system for detecting poachers in Kruger National Park. This includes radar, cameras and information analysis software that can detect, track and classify threats. Reutech supplies its RSR 904 radar for the meerkat system, while the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research supplies the Otus camera.