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Photo : A network camera in a nature reserve in South Africa

Axis Communications (Sweden)

Protecting rhinos by our network cameras

  • Conservation of nature / Biodiversity / NPO

Rhinos are being killed by poachers in South Africa

Currently only about 20,000 rhinos remain in the world and 80% of them are in South Africa. All rhinoceros species have been listed since 1997 by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as the Washington Convention) as animals that are threatened with extinction and are affected by commercial activity. However, poaching continues: 1,175 rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa in 2015. Rhino horns are exported to Asian countries illegally, due to strong demand for the horn which has long been prized as a medicinal ingredient and tonic, despite there being no such medical evidence. In response, the non-profit organization Pit-Track is working to protect rhinos from poaching in South Africa. Trying to protect rhinos from armed poachers by patrolling huge nature reserves requires much human resources and money.

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Number of rhinos killed by poaching in South Africa (Data from Department oF Environmental Affairs, South Africa)

Network cameras help to protect rhinos

Axis Communications has started to collaborate with Pit-Track and has donated network cameras and horn speakers. The cameras use thermal imaging to detect objects and incidents 24/7, even in the dark. Our image identification technology detects suspicious activity and the horn speaker then issues an alert remotely. The system had already safeguarded over 100 rhinos by the end of 2016.

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A rhino at a nature reserve
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Patrolling by Pit-Track, NPO
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Mr. Björn Hallerborn, Public Relations

Axis aims to make sustainability an integrated part of its business strategy and operation within our value chain. Especially, our challenge is to reduce environmental impacts in the product life cycle, including procurement, production, transportation and usage. Moreover, Axis is working to introduce our unique technology for natural conservation. The collaboration with Pit-Track, an NPO, is a good example of protecting natural life and maintaining biodiversity.