How it works

1. PREDICTIVE ANALYSIS   

Handheld GPS are used to plot relevant data e.g. location of both live and poached rhino sightings, known points of ingress and egress etc.  These are then imported into mapping software and analysed in combination with historic and environmental data.

High-risk locations are identified and flight plans produced.

2. PREPOSITIONED RANGERS 

Rangers are prepositioned where they can quickly coverall ingress and egress to the threat areas.

3. POSITION GROUND CONTROL CENTRE

The mobile ground control centre is driven as close to the threat area as possible from where we can launch and control the UAVs.

4. FLY UAVs

UAVs are launched and flown constantly during the threat window, with batteries rapidly swapped out and aircraft relaunched to assure solid coverage.

Autopilots allow the UAVs to patrol a preplanned track, diverting only when anomalies are identified. Everything seen with their infrared cameras will be transmitted back to the ground control system that keeps in touch with the aircraft.

A complete record of everything collected by the UAVs is stored for future analysis.

5. Vector Rangers

When a potential poacher is spotted, UAV operators radio the location to nearby rangers who intercept and capture the poachers.

6. Send Data Back to Computer

After the mission is complete all collected data is sent back to the analytical team to be integrated into the database.  The system will become increasingly accurate as more data is added over time.

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