Poaching of rhinos has experienced alarming growth in the last decade, since 2008 a total of 6115 specimens have been illegally hunted in South Africa’s natural parks, home of the 80% of the world’s rhinoceros population (currently the world’s population round the 24000 specimens).

Ranger Drone is the proposal developed by Hemav to the demand of new technologies specialized in the protection of the fauna in the natural parks with large extensions. The project has a fleet of drones prepared to perform surveillance missions, detect incidents (presence of hunters) and send alarms and information of the situation to the rangers, all in real time.

Hemav Academics is currently working on the development of a drone application, capable of directing the movements of the drone in an automated way when an animal or poacher is detected in the overflown area. To achieve this goal we are working with artificial vision and specialized software tools.

The new application will be dedicated especially to the collection of information on the state of the overflown area. It is intended to be implemented in long-range drones dedicated to surveillance missions.

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