Last year poachers killed at least 35,000 African elephants and species such as the black rhino and mountain gorilla continue to be at risk -- which is why poaching prevention is such a timely issue.
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Digital Catapult (a non-profit technology firm) are working together on poaching prevention. The two organizations are developing anti-poaching technology using the Internet of Things (IoT) and Lower Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN). They're building a satellite and sensor-equipped network that would empower conservationists in remote national parks and game reserves to not just monitor endangered wildlife, but also respond to threats of animal poaching taking place on land and at sea. The connected sensors would be able to communicate with each other over great distances using minimal power, detect nearby activity and send alerts when poachers are detected.