Here’s another example of how ubiquitous affordable cameras and image transmission can change our world:
How can wildlife protectors prevent poaching? Perhaps surveillance will ward off illegal hunters… But it’s not like installing a few cameras in your home or business —they can hardly place cameras everywhere an endangered animal might tread.
So instead, they’re putting cameras on the animal. Or, actually, in the animal — in the horn.
The non-profit organization Protect says their 24/7 real time poaching alarm and monitoring system for rhinos is the result of 15 years of “finding a way to effectively protect the species from poaching and bring it back from the precipice of extinction.” Rangers warned “a team of poachers could be just over that rise in the land butchering a rhino right now and we would have no idea it was happening. We need to know when and where the poachers are striking, as it happens. If we had some tool to alert us to a poaching event as it took place, we could be there in minutes, there would be no escaping for the poachers, no way to get horn or tusk or bone away; poaching would become impossible, we just need that tool.”
That tool turns out to be a camera and transmitter, one small enough to be embedded in the horn of the rhino, ensuring any illegal hunter can be spotted and identified.
The Protect RAPID (Real-time Anti Poaching Intelligence Device) also combines a heart rate monitor that triggers an alarm, and a GPS receiver “pinpointing the location within a few meters so that rangers can be on the scene via helicopter or truck within minutes.”