A safer world for endangered animals

As a company with Swedish origin, it is natural for Axis to look for areas where our technology can be used for protecting not only people and property, but also natural resources such as forests and wildlife.

When it comes to rare animals such as rhinos, poaching is a major problem. Poaching not only threatens rare species with extinction but is often also connected to organised crime and corruption.

Moreover, poachers are embracing sophisticated technology to increase the efficiency of their illegal operations. On the positive side, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) states that law enforcement operations boosted by technology has led to a slow-down in the increase in poaching.

Axis is proud to play a part in conservation efforts by assisting South African National Parks and other organisations in combatting poaching and helping ensure that rhinos thrive in the wild for future generations.

Axis cooperates with The Rhino Pride Foundation Sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa. The sanctuary protects rhinos that are under constant threat from poachers. The habitat covers a large area and has a vast parameter that needs to be guarded. The park does not have the resources to manually patrol the area day and night.

To protect the rhinos, Axis together with partners installed network-connected security cameras that guard the perimeter against intruders. In addition to conventional security cameras, the system includes thermal cameras that create video from the body heat of animals and humans and can thus see in the dark.

The cameras also contain advanced video analysis that sends automatic alarms to rangers if there is suspicious movement around the perimeter, 24 hours a day. This acts as a first line of defence and gives the rangers an early detection system. Network-based audio speakers installed around the sanctuary allow guards to remotely talk to illegal trespassers and deter unwanted activity before it even happens.

Since the cameras were installed around the park where no power grid exists, they are all powered by solar panels that create a robust and energy-efficient solution.

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