Raspberry Pi to control camera system in order to protect rhinos

The company Cambridge Consultants uses a Raspberry Pi in order to control a robust Camerasystem which monitors rhinos in the Tsavo national park. The camera system sends its data in real time over satellites to the wild life service which helps to grant the survival of the animals.

Image: Cambridge Consultants

Background: every eleven hours a rhino is killed and the valuable horn is stolen. Today only 539 rhinos are left in Kenia, 1969 more than 20,000 existed. The camera works with a single battery and records images with 320×240 pixels, during the night an LED infrared flash is used. This avoids disturbance of the animals. The raspberry Pi sends the images over the Iridium satellite network to the base station of the wildlife service. This enables the park rangers to monitor the movements of the animals with a short delay and they can interact in cases of poaching. See here a YouTube video.

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