Wireless Broadband Can Help in the Fight Against Poaching

By Ray Savich   April 20, 2016

Meet Hypure. This little rhino was born just last week in South Africa – where rampant poaching threatens her entire species.

Prized by trophy hunters and black market salesmen, the horn of an adult rhino can sell for up to $100.000 per kilogram in certain regions of Asia. Driven by financial gain, the poachers see no reason to stop until there aren’t any rhinos left.

This is not the world I want Hypure to grow up in.

To fight back against poaching, Cambium Networks has donated equipment and services to the Limpopo Rhino Security Group (LRSG), which established a 250,000-acre conservation area protecting a significant number of rhinos. Unfortunately, the government does not give any assistance to the private Rhino owners, so with the help of partners in the private sector, we’ve set up an early warning system that helps LRSG stop poachers in their tracks.

Using the ePMP 1000 outdoor broadband platform and several PTP 650 wireless backhaul links, we are deploying a low power-consumption, high-capacity network spanning the vast area. Organizations from around the world donated video surveillance equipment – including visible light and infrared cameras – and our network carries all of this video footage back to a single central command center.

From these surveillance feeds, LRSG can see across the savannah and send out rapid response units as soon as they detect any suspicious activity near the protected area’s boundaries. When combined with a wireless network powerful enough to synthesize visible light and heat-based surveillance feeds on one platform, LRSG now have the tools they need to be proactive in the fight against poaching.

This technology will help create a safe and prosperous environment for rhinos like Hypure and other animals that have lived in the region long before us humans. 

Bringing wireless connectivity to rugged regions like this one is a core mission of ours at Cambium Networks. But we don’t connect the unconnected just for the sake of it. Strong networks can be a force for good in the world, and animal conservation is one area where we can make a real impact.

If you’d like to get involved, the LRSG is always looking for donations of the following materials:

  • Specialized security equipment
  • CCTV
  • Thermal imaging equipment
  • Night vision equipment
  • Bullet proof vests for anti-poaching units
  • Aerial patrols – fuel
  • Two-way radios
  • Ground-to-air radios

It would mean the world to Hypure!