Advanced Biometric Technology to Save Ancient Species

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Biometrics to save Rhinos
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Rhino poaching for their horns has been a severe issue for some time now. According to WWF a pound of Rhino horn sells for $132,000, because of the common beliefs that a Rhino horn is the ailment to many incurable diseases. Poachers kill these animals just to get their 2 to 3 pound horns. These species which have been around for millions of years are now critically endangered worldwide because of the massive poaching in Asia and Africa.

Numerous steps has been taken to eliminate the poaching but poachers always seem to find way around. The problem with the steps were that, all the methods were reactive and there was no way of real time tracking or surveillance. The technology used against poaching was tracking the Rhino’s with trackers or using tiny cameras in their horns. But  recently a well known technology company came together to find a solution for the criminals and the poachers.

South Africa is now home to the remaining 70% of total Rhinos in the world. So, to protect these magnificent animals, in an unnamed game reserve near the Kruger National Park, a Connected Conservation System has been established. The new tracking method completely focuses on the people rather than the animals, so that the Rhinos, along with other animals can roam free, as they should . With this new established system, the law enforcement agencies responsible for the park can analyze data in real time and be exactly at the spot before a poacher kills another animal.

This tracking method tracks people entering the game reserve with biometric data like fingerprint and facial recognition. Also scan of documents such as driver’s license or vehicle registration number will be preserved in the system during the entry. In the park, seismic sensor and shot sensors are laid to track any movement or shots fired. Each vehicle entering will be tracked with vehicle sensors. Using biometric CCTV and drone visitor track, guards will monitor people’s movement within the reserve all the time. Moreover, a private networking system has been established in the reserve along with sufficient wifi spots to keep all mobile guard units connected. Thermal imaging and an acoustic fiber has also been set on the perimeter. Mobile units along with helicopters are always prepped to go in, in case of any unwanted visitor activity. All the collected data will be stored in cloud along with the analyzing of it in real time to ensure proper visitor management and secure control.

All these activities go really well with the M2SYS’ Visitor management system named, VisitorTrack™, which a modern cloud based visitor management and visitor tracking solution. It is a platform that supports any category of biometric data like fingerprint, finger vein, palm print, palm vein, iris, facial recognition or voice recognition. Technology such as this can not only save businesses or individuals, but it can also save Rhino lives if implemented into a wild reserves. Being highly adaptable to any situation and having versatile functions, game reserves or national parks can easily use VisitorTrack™ and have the highest level of efficiency in terms of visitor security.

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Masum Shibli

Business Development Analyst, M2SYS Technology